Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Seek More Funding in 2022 Legislative Session
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are seeking additional funding in the 2022 legislative session and requesting increased funding for capital programs and additional budget support to help students with economic impact.
Minnesota State’s colleges and universities face significant need and support from the legislature. In 2022, the legislative session presents a unique opportunity for the state to invest in higher education and have a direct impact on meeting student needs and workforce needs throughout Minnesota. .
Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College generate $321.7 million in economic impact annually. In state and local revenues, the total is $18.3 million, including $2.5 million in community contributions. Both colleges graduate approximately 1,326 annually, and with that, they support and sustain approximately 2,749 jobs.
The $60 million supplementary budget request for 2022 will focus on maintaining existing access and affordability for students and providing support for students in areas of critical need.
Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra said for BSU and NTC, $30 million will be used for campus support, $25 million for a tuition freeze, $2 million for development manpower, an additional $2 million for mental health resources, and $1 million will go towards basic student needs like food, healthcare, and housing.
The State of Minnesota has set a critical goal that by 2023, it will eliminate educational equity gaps at every college and university in its system.