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Student senate supports tuition increase

Student senate voted to support the 5 percent tuition increase proposed by MSUM administration.

They also voted to support an Academic Engagement fee, which will provide funds for student internships and conferences, and they voted to not support the proposed increase in Technology fee.

Administration withdrew the previously proposed 2.78 percent tuition reset on April 4 before student senate’s vote.

As of press time, members of President Edna Szymanski’s office could not be reached for comment.

Student senate’s decision is a recommendation to the MnSCU Board of Trustees. The board will consider both the student opinion and the administration proposal when they make their decision.

“The student senate was pretty divided,” said senate president Kimberly Ehrlich on the decisions. “It was only a slight majority.”

“No one wants to support an increase,” Ehrlich said, but the senate came to this conclusion because of the state government’s continuous withdrawing funds from higher education.

“It was clear to us from the administration that the money was needed to support the school,” Ehrlich said.

BY CHARLY HALEY
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