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      Students Share Their Stories About the Need for an Affordable Higher Education

      Posted on April 03, 2013 at 8:52 AM



      Earlier this week, Governor Mark Dayton and U.S. Senator Al Franken sat down with students from around the metro at St. Paul College to discuss access and affordability to higher education in Minnesota.

      Tuition costs have steadily increased as well as the amount of debt students incur over their collegiate careers. Minnesota students leave college with some of the highest debt in the nation due in part to a financial aid system that has not been updated in over a decade. 

      Both Governor Dayton and Senator Franken recognize the growing struggle students and families face to pay for college and are working to provide an affordable higher education for all students. Governor Dayton’s proposed budget would invest $240 million in higher education in Minnesota, $80 million going directly to the Minnesota State Grant program.