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MnSCU tuition increase smallest in 10 years

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees approved a budget that will hold tuition increases to 2 percent for students attending community and technical colleges and 3 percent for state university students for the 2008-2009 academic year.

That means students at the 25 state colleges will pay an average tuition of $4,080, or $79 more than last year, while students at the seven state universities will pay an average tuition of $5,561, or $162 more.

"By holding down tuition increases to the lowest in a decade, we are sending a powerful message to students that we are concerned about the cost of their education," Board Chair David Olson said.

With fees included, the average cost to students will come to $4,565 at the two-year state colleges and $6,083 at the state universities in the next academic year.

"Under the current economic conditions, we know it is especially helpful to ease tuition increases for current and prospective students," said Chancellor James H. McCormick. "We would not be surprised to see our enrollment grow more than usual as Minnesotans seek new skills and training opportunities."

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 242,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 140,000 students in non-credit courses.