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Minnesota could make college ‘free’ for a wide swath of students under new bill

You can start college pretty cheaply – it’s finishing four years of school, with all the logistical and financial hurdles, that tends to be the problem for students.

A Minnesota lawmaker wants to make sure that financial uncertainty is never the reason a student drops out.

Minnesota Daily reports that Sen. Ron Latz of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the state’s version of the Democrats) introduced a bill that would make college tuition-free for students whose families earn less than $125,000 a year.

It would apply to the University of Minnesota and schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, with the state’s general fund picking up the tab.

The bill faces an uphill battle, since Republicans are in charge of the Legislature, but Latz said he’s willing to spend years convincing them that “everyone who is capable of handling the work and has the dedication to doing the work will be able to go to college and get a degree.”

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