University of Minnesota will participate in Minnesota Dream Act
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/17/2013) - The state of Minnesota passed the Prosperity Act as a provision of the 2013 omnibus Higher Education bill, which authorized in-state tuition rates and private scholarship aid at public institutions for Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria. The Prosperity Act, which is referred to publicly as the Minnesota Dream Act, became Minnesota law in July 2013. The Act will serve students immediately, making undergraduate and graduate students eligible for in-state tuition rates as of July 1, 2013. Under the Minnesota Dream Act, eligible students may also be considered for state financial aid.
The University of Minnesota believes that providing college opportunities for young people—especially Minnesota's own high school graduates—serves the public interest by creating a college-educated workforce that promotes Minnesota's economic and cultural development.
The legislation requested that the Board of Regents exercise its constitutional authority to adopt a policy implementing a similar provision for students meeting eligibility criteria. On July 10, 2013, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a resolution that uses the basis of the new state law for the University's in-state tuition policy and indicates that the University will participate in the Minnesota Dream Act. The resolution extends the benefits of in-state tuition rates and private scholarships to eligible students, regardless of immigration status, to include undocumented students.
"Ensuring equity and diversity are core institutional values at the University. To be an excellent university, the U of M must also be a diverse university that provides access and affordability to all qualified and eligible students. We appreciate the collaboration of our state partners, including MnSCU, the Private College Council, Governor Dayton and state legislators, to help us deliver a world class education to all qualified Minnesota students."
University of Minnesota President
July 10, 2013
August 2013 Update: The Minnesota Dream Act Application is now available.