Plain Talk: How can North Dakota compete with Minnesota’s free tuition program?


MINOT — Lawmakers in Minnesota have created a new tuition program, called North Star Promise, which will give an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 students from households with income levels at $80,000 or less free tuition at the state’s institutions of higher education.

North Dakota State University President David Cook said that situation has “catastrophic” potential for our state’s campuses. He joined this episode of Plain Talk to discuss why and what can be done about it.

“The Legislature was very good to us,” he said, adding that the universities are “working hard, doing our due diligence” to put a proposal they feel will keep North Dakota competitive with Minnesota.

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