The Minnesota House is set to vote Thursday on a budget bill that would freeze tuition at state colleges and universities.
The bill differs starkly from its Senate counterpart in how it tackles tuition costs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, or MnSCU, the statewide system that includes St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical & Community College.
The cost of higher education appears to be a growing concern for lawmakers in Minnesota, where student debt levels are among the nation’s highest.
A Senate budget bill passed last week would allow 3 percent tuition increases for each of the next two years at MnSCU institutions, as requested by the system’s board of trustees. A budget plan submitted by Gov. Mark Dayton takes a similar approach.