Undergraduate tuition frozen

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Undergraduate tuition at St. Cloud State and other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) will remain frozen for the 2014-15 academic year.

Undergraduate tuition rates will remain at 2012-13 levels. MnSCU schools are freezing tuition to help students earn an affordable degree while keeping college debt levels as low as possible.

“The benefits of freezing undergraduate tuition for the second year in a row continue to make MnSCU colleges and universities the lowest cost, highest value higher education option in the state of Minnesota,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor.

MnSCU tuition is approximately one-half to one-fifth the cost of alternatives.

The average undergraduate costs at the University of Minnesota is 72 percent higher than at a MnSCU university, such as St. Cloud State. On average, private Minnesota four-year colleges and universities are 388 percent more expensive.

“Tuition at our 24 colleges is less than one-third the cost of private trade schools. These differences save students tens of thousands of dollars and leave students with dramatically less debt upon graduation,” said Rosenstone.

Affordability received a significant boost during the 2013 session when the Legislature and Governor Dayton improved access to the state grant program, including expanded access for working part-time students with financial need.

Depending on the degree and industry chosen, students can more than double their annual income by earning a degree at a MnSCU college or university. 

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