The University of Minnesota is offering a tuition freeze in exchange for new money from the Legislature. University President Eric Kaler is tying increased funding for the "U' to a tuition freeze for some undergraduates.
In the space of four years, UW tuition for in-state undergraduates has increased 55 percent because of the cut in state support for higher education. This must change, guest columnists Adam Sherman and Evan Smith say.
Several states with financial difficulties have moved quietly in recent years to reduce spending on college education by denying low tuition rates and financial aid to American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants.
With the federal government giving young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a chance to stay in the country, advocates in Washington state are relaunching efforts to open state financial aid to college students who don't have documents.