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University of Minnesota considers waiving tuition for MN families with $50K or less in annual income

If approved, the plan could take effect as soon as 2021

University of Minnesota officials are considering waiving tuition for Minnesota students whose families have an annual income of $50,000 or less. 

The proposal, reported by the Star Tribune Wednesday, goes before the Board of Regents on Friday. It's part of President Joan Gabel's broader long-term plan, which is broken down on page 79 in the documents for Friday's meeting. The plan suggests beginning the tuition-free program by 2021.  

The program would not cover the cost of boarding, supplies or student fees; it would apply only to in-state tuition, which is currently about $13,000 per year at the University's Twin Cities campus. Including student fees, that number goes up to about $15,000

Many students whose families make $50,000 or less annually already qualify for various need-based scholarships and government grants. The University's program would cover the rest of the tuition. 

President-elect Joe Biden's platform includes a proposal to cover tuition for public college students whose families earn up to $125,000. If that were to go into effect, the University could instead cover non-tuition expenses like food and housing, Gabel told the Star Tribune

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