Tuition increases proposed by MnSCU

Posted: July 3, 2001

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

Note: This release contains some information that has been updated since the original news release was issued July 3.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today announced that tuition would increase by an average of 10.9 percent in the 2001-2002 academic year under requests submitted by the 34 institutions to the Board of Trustees.

Later this month, the board will consider the requests, which would increase tuition next year by an average of $249 for a full-time student, bringing average tuition for the year to $2,541.

"We need the tuition increases because we won't compromise on quality," said Chancellor James H. McCormick, who began work Monday as the system's new chancellor.

"Although tuition is going up, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will continue to provide students with accessible and affordable higher education and technical training," McCormick said. "Nowhere else will you find a better value, and we intend to maintain this fine tradition."

The Board of Trustees will consider the proposed tuition increases at a committee meeting July 13 and then act on them at its regular board meeting July 17-18.

The two-year state community and technical colleges propose increasing tuition by an average of $241 or 11.2 percent for full-time students in the 2001-2002 academic year. That would bring average tuition to $2,400.

The four-year state universities propose tuition increases averaging $279 or 10.0 percent next year, bringing the average tuition for full-time students to $3,070.

Even with the tuition increases, most campuses will reduce costs by closing or suspending programs, laying off personnel or leaving positions unfilled, cutting equipment purchases and implementing other cost-saving measures.

MnSCU had requested a $255.6 million budget increase in the next biennium, but the Minnesota Legislature appropriated and Gov. Jesse Ventura approved a $100 million increase for the system for the next two years. The system's general operating budget (tuition plus state appropriation) is about $921 million for the fiscal year that began July 1.

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Minnesota State Colleges & Universities: Proposed FY2002 Undergraduate Tuition for Full Time Student (taking 30 credits)

Institution

FY2001 Annual Tuition

Proposed FY2002 Annual Tuition

Proposed $ Change

Proposed % Change

STATE COLLEGES

Alexandria TC

$2,168

$2,370

$203

9.3%

Anoka Hennepin TC

$2,190

$2,453

$263

12.0%

Anoka Ramsey CC

$2,186

$2,363

$177

8.1%

Central Lakes College

$2,151

$2,345

$194

9.0%

Century College

$2,184

$2,294

$110

5.0%

Dakota County TC

$2,192

$2,454

$263

12.0%

Fergus Falls CC

$2,148

$2,475

$327

15.2%

Fond du Lac Tribal & CC

$2,123

$2,333

$210

9.9%

Hennepin TC

$2,168

$2,340

$173

8.0%

Hibbing College

$2,088

$2,298

$210

10.1%

Inver Hills CC

$2,189

$2,473

$284

13.0%

Lake Superior College

$2,109

$2,310

$201

9.5%

Minneapolis College

$2,213

$2,483

$270

12.2%

Minnesota SC - Southeast Tech

$2,139

$2,396

$257

12.0%

Minnesota West College

$2,138

$2,483

$345

16.1%

Normandale CC

$2,243

$2,513

$270

12.0%

North Hennepin CC

$2,240

$2,508

$269

12.0%

Northeast Higher Ed District

Itasca CC

$2,148

$2,399

$251

11.7%

Mesabi Range College

$2,163

$2,399

$236

10.9%

Vermilion CC

$2,163

$2,441

$278

12.8%

Rainy River CC

$2,126

$2,339

$213

10.0%

Northland College

$2,160

$2,490

$330

15.3%

Northwest TC

$2,217

$2,550

$333

15.0%

Pine TC

$2,100

$2,400

$300

14.3%

Ridgewater College

$2,154

$2,433

$279

13.0%

Riverland College

$2,124

$2,379

$255

12.0%

Rochester College

$2,145

$2,360

$215

10.0%

South Central TC

$2,100

$2,250

$150

7.1%

St. Cloud TC

$2,130

$2,340

$210

9.9%

St. Paul TC

$2,154

$2,325

$171

7.9%

Average

$2,158

$2,400

$241

11.2%

STATE UNIVERSITIES

Akita

$2,814

$3,011

$197

7.0%

Bemidji SU

$2,954

$3,470

$516

17.5%

Metro SU

$2,753

$2,918

$165

6.0%

Minnesota SU, Mankato

$2,700

$3,050

$350

13.0%

Minnesota SU Moorhead

$2,686

$2,874

$188

7.0%

Southwest SU

$2,790

$3,068

$278

9.9%

St. Cloud SU

$2,784

$3,063

$279

10.0%

Winona SU

$2,850

$3,110

$260

9.1%

Average

$2,791

$3,070

$279

10.0%

SYSTEM AVERAGE

$2,292

$2,541

$249

10.9%

MnSCU Finance Division h:\board\pr tuition document.xls July 3, 2001


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