MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The University of Minnesota board of trustees on Tuesday agreed to increase tuition fees for the first time in two years, despite objections from some students who think it is wrong to charge more after the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Joan Gabel’s $ 4 billion budget for the next fiscal year includes roughly $ 50 million in spending cuts and internal reallocations. The university will use this money, along with state funding and income from the tuition hike, to help pay for investments in long-term initiatives, a 1.5% salary increase for students. employees and all persistent pandemic expenses.
“This proposed budget reflects difficult choices and the strength, resilience and shared sacrifice of every member of our college family,” Gabel said.
In public comments submitted to the council, students overwhelmingly opposed the tuition fee hike, the Star Tribune reported.
“Raising tuition fees after the pandemic is simply not true. As a freshman last year, I didn’t have any semblance of normalcy, so please explain why it’s worth $ 200 more this year, ”wrote college student Nick Larson, referring to the Increase of the Twin Cities campus which will make the bill approximately $ 13,500.
The tuition fee increases for undergraduate residents at the Duluth, Rochester, Morris and Crookston campuses will range from $ 157 to $ 187. Non-resident undergraduates at the Twin Cities campus will pay approximately $ 480 more, bringing their annual tuition fees to $ 32,000.
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