WJON — Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith stopped by St. Cloud State University Thursday to talk with students and staff about tuition costs, student debt and how the state is planning to invest in higher education.
Governor Mark Dayton released his list of bonding projects in January, among the $1,500,000,000 total proposed, $255,000,000 would go toward investing in initiatives to lower tuition and student loan debt. Of the $255,000,000, $26,300,000 would go toward St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College.
Smith says paying for college can be challenging for students and they struggle to finish their degree or they struggle to finish it on time because of the high costs associated with going to school.