University of MInnesota President Addresses Middle-Income Familes
University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks advocated relief for middle-income families hardest hit by rising tuition in his State of the University address Thursday, reported the Star Tribune.
â€œMiddle income families bear the brunt of any increase in tuition and fees,â€? Bruininks said. According to the Minnesota Daily, he said that the university must try to create a â€œconsistent and substantial level of scholarship and grant support for all middle-income Minnesota students.â€?
While Bruininks encouraged donors to give more money for need-based financial aid, a significant amount is required to make a difference because most university students are middle-income, reported the Star Tribune.
The presidentâ€™s address also focused on the universityâ€™s goal to become a top public research university.
â€œIf we expect investment and support, we must continue to demonstrate that we are an asset to the state of Minnesota and its citizens,â€? he said according to the Minnesota Daily.
Bruininks learned shortly before his speech that the Minnesota House had passed a bill including $136 million for university projects, a total about $6 million more than Gov. Pawlenty had recommended, reported the Star Tribune.
â€œIâ€™m very hopeful it will pass [the Senate] and be signed by the governor,â€? Bruininks said.