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U of M asks lawmakers for $30m for scholarships

March 20, 2022 GMT

University of Minnesota officials are asking legislators to approve $30 million for scholarships for students who attend regional campuses.

The Star Tribune reported Saturday that the proposed Greater Minnesota Scholarship Program would go give money to Minnesota residents who enroll as freshmen at the university’s Duluth, Rochester, Crookston and Morris campuses. Each student would get $4,000 to $5,000 in their first year and $1,000 to $2,000 in each of their next three years.

Tuition at the regional campuses ranges from $12,500 to almost $14,000 annually. University officials say the program would reduce student debt and boost enrollment.

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University leaders are hopeful lawmakers will release the money in light of Minnesota’s record $9 billion budget surplus. Gov. Tim Walz included funding for the scholarships in his proposed supplemental budget. House Democrats and Senate Republicans have both expressed support for reducing college costs.