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Minnesota Dream Act Means Qualifying Students Are Eligible for In-State Tuition Rates & State Financial Aid
The Prosperity Act, also called the Minnesota Dream Act, authorized in-state tuition rates and private scholarship aid at public institutions for Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria. The Act makes qualifying 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 based on the new state law for the University's in-state tuition policy and indicated 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.
All incoming or current students and staff with questions about immigration-related matters are encouraged to contact the Immigration Response Team or take advantage of the resources available on your campus. The team is ready to meet and consult with students who have questions about their immigration status or their situation at the university. Department heads and advisors can also contact the Immigration Response Team. Faculty and advisors are also encouraged to refer students with concerns to the team for support and consultations.