Minnesota Higher Ed Committee To Look At College Costs During Hearings (Audio)

Friday, January 25th, 2013 at 6:03 am

State Representative Gene Pelowski (DFL – Winona), Chair of the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee. He wants to know why higher education has become so much more expensive in the state since the recession began. Pelowski has set a schedule for extensive hearings on how the recession has impacted higher education in Minnesota.

Pelowski hopes that through those hearings, lawmakers will get a full picture of the impact of historic cuts, historic tuition increases, and historic student debt over that time frame. The request lists 11 categories broken down into over 25 specific topics the committee would like to hear more about.

At the root of the topics is a basic explanation of the financial structures of Minnesota’s higher education systems. Pelowski explains why such a thorough examination of the higher education structures in the state is so important.

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A large portion of the hearings will be used to tackle issues of the dramatic increase in student tuition, fees, and debt over the past six years. In a press release we learned that the University of Minnesota will begin its presentation on Monday, January 28, 2013 with MnSCU set to follow. The committee plans to hear budget requests once these hearings are complete and interested parties are invited to attend the hearings to learn more about how Minnesota’s higher education system functions.

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