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Education costs

June 3, 2012
The Journal

College students typically spend the summer working at jobs to help pay expenses for the next semester. They may want to pack in a little extra overtime this summer.

Tuition costs will likely be going up again in the Minnesota State College and University system. The MnSCU system and the U of M regents are looking for ways to cut expenses, especially with a plan to revamp the way top administrators are paid, but the state is looking at another deficit in a couple of years. Don't expect a big boost in state support of higher education. As in past years, the cost of education is being shifted more to students who are already heavily burdened with debt.

The state's short term savings in education budgets will cost in the long run. We need a well-educated workforce for the future, and our colleges need to provide them. Students who leave college are going to spend years digging themselves out before they can spend a lot on houses and cars.

Somehow, the state has to find a way to meet the needs of higher education. It's something to ask candidates about in the coming campaign season.

 
 

 

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