Posted: June 16, 2004
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Average 12.3 percent increase slightly less than 2004-2005 tuition and fees approved last June
Students will pay an average of 12.3 percent more in tuition and fees to attend Minnesota State Colleges and Universities next year under a budget approved Wednesday by the system's Board of Trustees.
Average full-time tuition and fees for the coming year will be $4,016, which amounts to an average annual increase of $438.
"The public needs to know that many of our students cannot continue to bear the burden of rising tuition and fees," said Board Chair Jim A. Luoma.
"We serve many low- and moderate-income students and working adults who attend college part time and often do not qualify for state financial aid," Luoma said. "Declining public support for higher education shifts the burden to our students and their families. Our two main sources of support are state funding and tuition. As recently as 2001, the state provided two-thirds of this support, but that level of support has dropped to about one-half, with tuition increases needed to make up the balance."
For a full-time state university student, average tuition and fees will be $4,921 next year, and students at the two-year state colleges will pay an average of $3,824.
Tuition alone will rise by 13.8 percent over last year, bringing average tuition for the coming year to $3,618.
Each of the 32 state colleges and universities proposes its own tuition and fees for approval by the Board of Trustees.
The board last July had approved tuition and fees increases of 12.5 percent for each of the next two academic years, but provided for possible adjustments in the second year. This year several colleges and universities requested modifications for 2004-2005, resulting in the slightly lower overall increase. They include:
Bemidji State University - a 12.2 percent increase instead of 14 percent.
Lake Superior College - an 8.7 percent increase instead of 6.8 percent.
Pine Technical College - a 4.4 percent increase instead of 8.8 percent.
Note: A list of annual tuition and fees for 2004-2005 is attached in PDF format.
Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.