The U of M says tuition is going up again – and students protest


The University of Minnesota Board of Regents had a meeting Friday morning and decided to raise tuition.

And people weren't happy.

According to the Pioneer Press, more than a dozen people interrupted the meeting, holding signs and chanting "Hey, hey, ho, ho, tuition hikes have got to go."

MPR News says the protesters also demanded free tuition for American Indian students.

Protesters even called for President Eric Kaler to resign.

Kaler took to his website afterward and said he appreciates "the energy and passion" of the students. But also says keeping tuition down is a priority for him, noting increases over the past five years have averaged less than 1 percent.

At least six students were arrested in the protest, FOX 9 says. They've since been cited and released, campus police tell the station.

What's the big decision that upset these students?

Well, the U of M will be raising tuition for Minnesota students on the Twin Cities campus by 2.5 percent next year.

Out-of-state students will see a more significant increase by 7.5 percent – though that's not as high as the 10 percent hike originally planned.

Kaler says he recommended a lower price increase, concerned raising prices too high might hurt recruitment, the Star Tribune reports.

Earlier this year, the U announced plan to get annual tuition for outstate students to the midpoint of the Big Ten schools by 2021. Right now, Minnesota's prices are the lowest in the conference. To get there, the school said it'd raise out-of-state tuition by 7.5-10 percent over the course of several years.

Tuition will not increase for resident undergraduates on the Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester campuses.

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