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Senate passes bipartisan bill making college more affordable

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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.

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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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