Senate okays higher ed bill

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Apr 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Senate has passed its higher education budget, a $2.8 billion package that aims to hold down tuition and make public universities and colleges more accountable to the state.

The funding bill sends more money to the state's grant program, gives the University of Minnesota money for a two-year tuition freeze and bars Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from increasing tuition by more than 3 percent.

It also ties about $30 million in funding to each system that meets three of five performance measures, such as increasing graduation rates and cutting administrative costs.

Several Republicans joined every Democrat in voting for the bill, which passed Wednesday on a 46-18 vote.

The House is expected to take up its bill next week, which funds a tuition freeze at both school systems.

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