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. This improvement benefited about 7,700 MnSCU college students and 760 MnSCU university students in the 2013-14 academic year. Rosenstone said, “The combination of the tuition freeze and the changes to the state grant program will, on average, actually lower the cost of tuition for MnSCU students receiving a state grant in the 2014-15 academic year.”
Central Lakes College is one of 31 colleges and universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The system serves more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.