The Senate has passed its higher education budget, a $2.8 billion package that aims to hold down tuition and make public universities and colleges more accountable to the state. Republican Jeremy Miller of Winona said he supported the bill.
The funding bill sends more money to the state's grant program, gives the University of Minnesota money for a two year tuition freeze and bars Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from increasing tuition by more than 3%. It also ties about $30 million in funding to each system that meets three of five performance measures, such as increasing graduation rates and cutting administrative costs.
The House is expected to take up its bill next week, authored by Representative Gene Pelowski of Winona, which funds a tuition freeze at both school systems. That bill passed Pelowski's Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee on Monday.