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Governor Dayton Signs Omnibus Higher Education Bill

5/31/2017


 

Contact: Sandy Connolly, Director of Communications
Office of Higher Education
(651) 259-3902

St. Paul, MN - Governor Mark Dayton signed the $210 million higher education bill today, putting in place significant funding for need-based aid for Minnesota students and Minnesota's public postsecondary institutions.

"Since taking office, Governor Dayton has been steadfast in his support for Minnesota's higher education students. The bill he signed into law today will increase grants for more than 82,000 recipients over current law, including over 4,000 new recipients," said Commissioner Larry Pogemiller, Office of Higher Education. "It is disappointing, however, that while the bill invests significantly in campus support at Minnesota State and at the University of Minnesota, the funding level is not adequate to prevent tuition increases."

The bill also puts in place emergency assistance to students at risk of dropping out of college due to food and housing insecurity, and creates a statewide resource to assist campuses with sexual assault prevention and response efforts.

The Capital Investment bill signed today includes close to $120 million for projects at the University of Minnesota campuses and over $92 million for Minnesota State campuses.