Anoka-Ramsey Considers Tuition Raise Over Budget Dispute

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Possible $100,000,000 gap in Minnesota State’s budget could cost students

By Ashley Johnson
Staff Writer

In early March, Anoka-Ramsey president Kent Hanson reported to the student senate that there is a major gap in the Minnesota State (the governing body of most public college and universities in the state) budget for the coming year. There is a one-hundred-million dollar gap between what Minnesota State requested from the government, and what our state governor approved.

Hanson reported that if this gap is not lessened, Anoka-Ramsey may be considering a tuition increase. In a senate meeting, several different tuition increases were discussed, but it was not disclosed which amount they were considering as the correct amount to potential raise tuition.

The 37 colleges and universities within the Minnesota State system across Minnesota. Image Credit: Minnesota State

Minnesota State is the organization that covers 30 colleges in Minnesota and seven universities, with a total of 54 campuses. Minnesota State requested $150 million for asset preservation, like repairs on campuses. The requested budget does not get split evenly between the colleges. In a statement published on their website, Minnesota State says, “Specific projects and costs will depend on actual funding level and college and university conditions at the time of appropriation.” In other words, the proposed budget breakdown listed on their site is subject to change depending on the funds received from the government.

Don Lewis, Vice President of Finance and Administration at ARCC. Photo Credit: Anoka-Ramsey Community College

This month, Anoka-Ramsey Vice President of Finance and Administration, Don Lewis, told student senate about three proposals that are currently on legislation floor. The governor’s proposal would mean Minnesota State gets $2 million split between the 37 colleges. Another proposal would give $69 million, which Lewis told senate, “meets us in the middle.” The third proposal would award $149 million, which would hold tuition at its current cost.

Lewis wrapped up his presentation to the senate by saying that more information may not come until later this summer when these proposals go to a vote.