Higher ed bill passes Minnesota Legislature

This week, the House and Senate passed the final version of the higher education budget bill. The bill is now on its way to Governor Walz. 

The bill provides more than $118.1 million in FY24-25 for three of the University’s six requested budget items:

  • Core mission support: competitive compensation; tutoring, advising, and other essential student services; classroom equipment and supplies; facility maintenance; and technology.
  • Systemwide safety and security: modernize systemwide security infrastructure such as building access controls and cameras.
  • American Indian Scholars Program: provide full undergraduate tuition and fee scholarships for eligible Minnesota American Indian students at any of the University of Minnesota’s five campuses.

The funding represents about 39% of what the University requested. View a comparison of the University request and the proposals.

The bill also provides funding to the University for additional items, including:

  • Unemployment insurance aid
  • Access to menstrual products
  • Applied research at the Natural Resources Research Institute 
  • Medical programs at the CentraCare Health System Campus in St. Cloud

Thank you UMN Advocates who live in higher education conference committee member districts who sent emails to their legislators and impacted the final outcome of this bill.