Higher Ed investment tops Senate Committee discussions

Posted: Fri, 03/28/2014 - 9:52am in News

The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development committee passed their supplemental budget bill out of committee yesterday, which includes $17 million ongoing funds in fiscal year 2015 for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said about the bill, “Minnesota State Colleges and Universities greatly appreciates the support of Chair Terri Bonoff and the members of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance Committee for the critical role our colleges and universities play in ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.  The supplemental budget proposal passed by the committee today is an investment in the outstanding work of our faculty and staff, and the success of our students and the communities we serve.”

Prior to passage, members amended the bill to include multiple policy provisions. One of the policy provisions is the transfer bill, SF2771, that requires Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to develop a plan to implement multi-campus articulation agreements that lead to baccalaureate degree completion. 

The bill was amended to include $1 million in funding for the College Possible program. College Possible’s mission is to make college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support, including ACT/SAT test preparation, college application assistance, financial aid consulting, guidance in the college transition, and support toward college degree completion.

The other provisions in the bill discussed earlier in the week include; $250,000 for apprenticeship pilot programs, a student loan refinancing program, language to address the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, and use of the state grant surplus funds to increase the living and miscellaneous expense allowance and increase the tuition cap.

The bill was recommended to pass as amended and sent to the full Finance Committee.

View the bill.

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