Saturday, January 28, 2017

U of Minnesota budget initiative aims to tackle student debt - Maureen McMullen, Republican-Eagle

Students and faculty at the University of Minnesota say an inadequate number of advisors can add expensive years of school past the typical four years. More time spent in school can mean padding a recent graduate's debt by thousands of dollars. A new project in the university's two-year budget proposal aims to funnel a portion of the $147 million of additional spending into hurrying students' graduation and minimize student debt. The project would use $22 million allocated over two years to create a student success center with more advisors, as well as advancing the university's science, technology, engineering and math education and early outreach to high-achieving students of color.

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