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Lowering free senior tuition age

Published (5/6/2011)
By Mike Cook
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A bill to reverse a 2010 law and potentially help some senior citizens further their education was passed by the House.

Sponsored by Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), HF821 would lower from 66 to 62 the age at which senior citizens could partake in a program that allows them to take courses at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system at no charge, other than course charges for materials or services, if there are seats available after all tuition-paying students have been accounted for. If taken for credit, an administrative fee must be paid.

Passed 126-4 by the House May 2, it now goes to the Senate where Senate President Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville) is the sponsor.

The language is also in the omnibus higher education finance bill that is currently in a conference committee.

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