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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.
“Middle income families bear the brunt of any increase in tuition and fees,� Bruininks said. According to the Minnesota Daily, he said that the university must try to create a “consistent and substantial level of scholarship and grant support for all middle-income Minnesota students.�
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 president’s address also focused on the university’s goal to become a top public research university.
“If we expect investment and support, we must continue to demonstrate that we are an asset to the state of Minnesota and its citizens,� 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.
“I’m very hopeful it will pass [the Senate] and be signed by the governor,� Bruininks said.