MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The University of Minnesota will offer free or reduced tuition fees to many Native American students attending its five campuses starting next fall.
The cost waiver program was previously only offered at the Morris campus, but will now be extended to all five campuses, to also include Duluth, Rochester, Crookston and the Twin Cities.
Freshmen and transferring tribal students to colleges that are members of any of the 11 federally recognized tribal nations of Minnesota will be eligible for free or reduced tuition fees, depending on their income level. family.
They cannot be transferred from other private or public colleges in the state, the Star Tribune reported.
“For 170 years our university has been carefully focused on the needs of all Minnesotans,” U President Joan Gabel said in a statement on Monday. âToday we are taking a step forward in meeting the needs of indigenous peoples whose history predates this state and this institution – a step which I sincerely hope will have a lasting impact on tribal communities. “
Eligible students with an annual family income of less than $ 75,000 can participate tuition-free. Those with families earning up to $ 125,000 per year will be eligible for tuition discounts of up to 80% to 90%.
Earlier this year, the Board of Regents approved a separate program to offer free tuition to students from families earning less than $ 50,000 per year. Undergraduates in Minnesota and the reciprocal states pay approximately $ 15,000 per year in tuition and fees on the Twin Cities campus.