I recently had the opportunity to meet University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel, the first woman to hold this position! We have a lot to look forward to under her new leadership.
As a proud U of M alum, I believe that all Minnesotans deserve the opportunity to get a quality education without being crippled by student debt for decades. There’s more work to be done in this area, but the higher education budget that I helped pass this session is a step in the right direction.
Supporting Our Students
The higher education budget creates new opportunities for current students at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. We increased financial support for working families by investing in the state grant program. Students who are currently enrolled in the program will receive more assistance, and others will become eligible for the first time. We also provided funding for the following student support programs and resources:
Making college more affordable is good for our students and our economy. Too many Minnesotans are struggling to make high student loan payments and delaying milestones like buying a house or starting a family. That’s why we provided counseling that will help borrowers pay off their loans. There’s more work to be done to address the source of the student loan crisis, but we supported past and future Minnesota students by investing in the following initiatives:
Property Tax Refund
This is a friendly reminder to apply for a property tax refund before the August 15 deadline. Many homeowners and renters are eligible for a refund, but many forget to file for it. Take a few minutes to see if you qualify and review application instructions at www.revenue.state.mn.us/property-tax-refund.
It’s a privilege to serve our community. Please keep in touch.