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Tuition at M-State, DL increasing

Tuition at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes will go up by 1.8 percent for this school year.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees approved the increase as part of a budget that holds undergraduate tuition increases to an average of $114 at two-year colleges and an average of $169 at state universities for the 2009-2010 academic year.

That means full-time students at the 25 state colleges will pay an average tuition of $4,194 while students at the seven state universities will pay an average tuition of $5,791.

Although the board raised tuition rates by 5 percent, the infusion of one-time federal stimulus funds will bring the increase that students pay down to a 2.8 percent for the colleges and 3 percent for the state universities.

Some students will even see their tuition bill go down this year because larger student grants may offset the increase.