Approved by the: Student Senate - December 5, 2013
Administration - no action required*
Board of Regents - no action required

* The University of Minnesota is deeply committed to affordability and accessibility for students from all economic backgrounds. We have strived to keep down the cost of tuition and the cost of attendance, and we continually work with Minnesota’s Legislature, the Governor, and generous donors to partner with us to support our affordability and financial aid efforts. The University is also actively committed to reducing administrative costs, thereby operating more efficiently and effectively. The University supports and applauds the efforts of the Student Senate to limit the cost of attendance for undergraduate and graduate students, and welcomes student advocacy at the Legislature as we all seek to hold down the cost of a University education while ensuring its excellence.

Resolution on Affordable Education

In the last 11 years, tuition for in-state undergraduate students has increased over 110%, and tuition for non-resident has increased 12.4%.1. This increase in the cost of tuition burdens students with high levels of debt and diminishes the student experience. According to the Student Experience in the Research University2 survey, over 40% of University of Minnesota undergraduates believe that the cost of attendance, including grants and scholarships, is not manageable3.

The relationship with the State of Minnesota is crucial for University funding, which in turn affects tuition rates and cost of attendance for all students. State divestment in higher education has been a major contributing factor in the increases in cost of attendance experienced by University of Minnesota students. As of the December 5 projection by the state legislature, the State of Minnesota has a $825 million surplus.

In July of 2013, the Board of Regents approved a two year undergraduate resident tuition freeze, along with a commitment by the State to fund the University for the current biennium4 at a level that allows for a tuition freeze for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years5,6.

The Student Senate recognizes this commitment made by both the State and the University to keep undergraduate resident tuition rates low.

Additionally, the Student Senate supports further efforts by the University and State to limit the cost of attendance for all students, not just undergraduate residents.

The Student Senate is willing to take further action to assist in the University's efforts to limit these costs.

1. Note that these rates do not include other elements of the cost of attendance, such as collegiate fees, other fees (e.g. student services fee, stadium fee), textbooks and supplies, and the cost of living.
2. Survey results and further details available at:
4. The 2014-2015 biennial budget request can be viewed here: budget.html

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