Statement from U of M president on Governor’s revised budget proposal

March 17, 2015

Today, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced a revised budget proposal that includes plans to fully fund a two-year tuition freeze for all resident University of Minnesota students. The proposal also carries forward the $30 million investment in the U’s Medical School.

In response, U of M President Eric Kaler issued the following statement:

“I am thankful to Governor Dayton for his proposed investments in the University of Minnesota. We share a goal to maintain access and affordability for all qualified Minnesota students. With this funding, we will be able to freeze tuition for all Minnesota resident students for the next two years.

“Undergraduate, graduate and professional students and their families at our five campuses across the state will benefit from this investment. Our strong partnership with the Governor and Legislature means that resident undergraduate students will be able to graduate with no tuition increases for four years. That’s something that benefits students, their families and our state’s future.

“I'll be at the legislature in the coming weeks, and beyond, to strongly support the Governor's proposal and the University's biennial budget request.”

Dayton’s Medical School proposal will help recruit and retain top faculty, attract the best medical students and meet the health needs of all Minnesotans.

In total, Dayton is proposing $95.2 million to the University.

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