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As others see it: College trustees made smart move

We are glad to hear the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board of trustees honored its agreement with legislators last week when it voted to freeze tuition rates for college students next year. ...

While the long-term effects of the state Legislature's enormous $2 billion tax plan remain to be seen, one of the bright spots to come out of this year's legislative dealing is an increase in higher education funding, something the state has drastically lagged behind with in recent years.

With student debt only increasing -- studies show a college graduate will accrue an average of more than $25,000 in debt to pay for school -- any help students can receive is a benefit. Community colleges and technical schools are assuming an increasing role in higher education as well, since career and technical labor is in increasing demand.

That's why it's important for colleges to make student tuition as affordable as possible: With an increased need for the kind of jobs you can learn to do at postsecondary institutions, any sort of financial help is welcome. Officials say tuition at Riverland Community College and other two-year public schools across the state will average about $5,360, already higher than most would like to see.

It's good to see colleges taking student tuition seriously, so more students can get the education they need. Let's find more ways to decrease tuition, albeit without a subsequent tax increase.

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