Higher Education Budgets Target Minnesota Tuition Costs

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The Minnesota legislature is focusing nearly $3 billion in higher education funding on keeping college costs as low as possible.

The House and Senate budget bills unveiled Monday would send more money to the state's grant program for financial aid and give public colleges and universities millions of dollars dedicated to freezing tuition rates for the next two years.

"It's been about 8 years since we've had a positive number in higher education," said Rep. Gene Pelowski, referring to almost a decade of budget cuts to universities and colleges. "I would hope that we focus it and use it wisely."

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