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Senate passes bipartisan bill making college more affordable

The state senate achieved bipartisan agreement last week with the passage of the Higher Education Omnibus Bill. In total, the state would invest an additional $263 million into Minnesota colleges, universities and the state’s student grant program.

This would mark the first investment in higher education after more than a decade of deep cuts and tuition hikes.

Saxhaug introduced a bill to assist the Leech Lake Tribal College in recruitment of non-tribal members to the college. Under the legislation, which was included in the omnibus bill, Leech Lake Tribal College is eligible for $150,000 in grants to defray the costs of enrollment of students who are not members of a tribe.

“This is an important provision for north central Minnesota. Making post-secondary school affordable, regardless of which institution a student attends, is critical to our economy,” Saxhaug said.

In addition to the grants Leech Lake Tribal College would receive, Bemidji State University would receive an additional $2.45 million in the next two years, and Itasca Community College would see an increase of approximately $411,000.

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