Recently came across this chart by the Minnesota Private College Council, which looks to counter the notion that private colleges are too expensive for low-income students. It says they pay significantly less than the average student: $14,350 on average (for those families earning less than $30,000), compared to $23,500 for the average student who attended Read more

More than 3,800 Minnesota undergraduate and graduate students who study at the University of Wisconsin’s Madison and Milwaukee campuses will see their tuition rise an extra $1,300 next year, according to figures from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. On Friday, state officials confirmed the scenario I’d posted: The U’s decision to roll its $1,300-per-year Read more

Here’s a follow-up to my prior post on where Minnesota four-year colleges and universities appear on the federal list of most- and least-expensive schools. It appears to bear out the statements made during this year’s budget battle that this state’s community colleges are among the most expensive: Two-year public — Highest tuition Alexandria Technical College Read more

I’ve begun delving into the recently released federal database of college prices to see where Minnesota stands. So far, here are the lists on which our four-year colleges and universities appear. (The lists show the most-expensive five percent and least expensive 10 percent in each sector.) Notice that our for-profits are among the least expensive. Read more

Well according to one think tank scholar, yes. Richard Vedder, who directs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, says university presidents’ view of the value of higher education runs counter to that of the American public. “New Pew Research Center data show that a large majority of Americans think U.S. colleges and universities offer only fair or poor Read more

Score another one for the two-year colleges. Anoka Technical College’s precision sheet-metal class seems to offer what most students dream of: free classes, pre-arranged job interviews and high chances for a job right after graduation. This KSTP segment talks about the course — how the $2,000 classes are free because of a Department of Labor Read more