College-Town Lawmakers Push for Tuition Freeze

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Some lawmakers do not want to see a tuition increase at public universities over the next two years, but some opponents say legislating the issue would erode the North Dakota University System’s authority over determining the tuition rates.

Rep. Kylie Oversen, D-Grand Forks, has proposed House Bill 1328 along with seven other lawmakers who represent cities with public universities, as “a step in the right direction to keep college affordable.”

The bill would freeze tuition for the 2013-2015 biennium at the current 2013 spring rate.

“We owe it to our students and families to fully fund a quality higher education system in our state without shifting the burden upon those students,” Oversen said.

Oversen highlighted the Institute for College Access & Success, which found North Dakota’s 2011 college graduates had an average $27,425 in student debt - ranked 13th highest in the nation.

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