Central Lakes College students could see a 9 percent increase in tuition this fall.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will consider a request July 17-18 to increase tuition by an average of 10.8 percent for the 2001-02 academic year.
A request was submitted by the 34 institutions to the Board of Trustees that would increase tuition by an average of $247 for full-time students, bringing the average tuition for the year to $2,538.
CLC students enrolled full time could pay $194 more this fall for tuition that would raise tuition for the year from $2,151 to $2,345.
On average, two-year state community and technical college students' tuition would increase 11 percent for full-time students or by an average of $238. This would bring the average tuition to $2,396 a year. Full-time students, who attend a four-year state university, could see an increase of 10 percent or an average of $279 to bring the average tuition to $3,070.
With the tuition increases, most campuses will reduce costs by closing or suspending programs, laying off personnel or leaving positions unfilled, cutting equipment purchases and implementing other cost-saving measures.
MnSCU requested a $255.6 million budget increase in the next biennium, but the Minnesota Legislature appropriated and Gov. Jesse Ventura approved a $100 million increase for the system for the next two years.
The system's general operating budget, tuition plus the state appropriation, is about $921 million for the fiscal year that began July 1.
The MnSCU system is made up of 34 state universities, community colleges and technical colleges and serves about 150,000 students each semester or 216,000 annually in credit-based courses.
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