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MN State student association seeks fee increase to better serve 2-year college students

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LeadMN, the statewide student association for Minnesota’s two-year public colleges, is asking for a 74 percent increase in student fees to double its staff and add new services.

The proposal, which would cost each full-time student an extra $7.80 per year, got a lukewarm reception Wednesday at a meeting of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees, which governs student fees in the public college and university system. The plan emerged from a survey that found students were struggling with job loss, food insecurity and mental health. The money would go towards providing students with services to support these needs. The proposed higher fee is 61 cents a credit. The chair of the board says he wants hired professionals, not untrained students to be advising others on financial resources and mental health.