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U of M approves 1.5 percent tuition hike for in-state students; 7 percent for nonresidents

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The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a plan Wednesday that will raise tuition for Minnesota residents by 1.5 percent, while out-of-state students will see a 7 percent jump.

The board approved a $3.7 billion budget Wednesday, which includes the first tuition hike for in-state students since 2012, KSTP says.

Under the new plan, in-state students will pay $180 more for a total of $12,240 a year for undergraduates. Tuition is also going up for out-of-state students, who will pay $1,350 more next year, bringing tuition to $20,660 a year for undergrads, the Star Tribune says.

The board OK'd the tuition hikes after rejecting proposals that would have raised out-of-state even higher, while cutting tuition for Minnesota residents.

Under this plan, Minnesota residents will now pay the fourth highest in-state tuition in the Big Ten, the Star Tribune notes. School leaders say financial aid will help offset the increase in tuition, KSTP reports.

The out-of-state tuition hike comes seven years after the board slashed tuition to a Big Ten low for nonresidents in an effort to increase diversity and the number of out-of-state students at the university, the Pioneer Press said.

The U of M had been under pressure from state legislators to raise tuition for out-of-state students by up to $8,000, but President Eric Kaler recommended a 7 percent increase for nonresidents, noting anything more would be a financial burden for students, reports note.

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