About Minnesota State

Minnesota State is the most powerful and effective resource that the state has to ensure opportunity and prosperity for its citizens and communities. Across our great state, the 54 campuses of the Minnesota State system - containing nearly 22.5 million square feet of academic buildings - serve Minnesotans by providing hope and opportunity through higher education. Our 30 colleges and 7 universities contribute to an engaged, equitable, and productive society and serve as catalysts for social and economic vibrancy. They are places of hope and opportunity for Minnesotans who strive to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

In FY2017, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State generated an economic impact of $8 billion in the state: $4.1 billion direct and $3.9 billion indirect and induced. This impact is the result of operational spending, capital spending (10-year average), payroll and benefits paid to employees, student spending, and visitor spending. Based upon this impact, $1 out of every $42 in the Minnesota economy is supported by Minnesota State.

Most of all, Minnesota State is proud of its students and their success stories.

Our 2020 Capital Request

We seek $271.2 million in funding in the 2020 legislative session for a capital program that will improve campus facilities, enhancing our ability to serve our more than 350,000 students. These investments, comprising $230.8 million in state financing and $40.4 million in college and university support, will reduce operating expenses and directly impact student success through improved teaching, learning, and support spaces. [2020 Capital Request Book, designed version; 2020 Capital Request Book, ADA version]

Our top priority is asset preservation through HEAPR funding. This request of $150 million provides for more than 100 campus projects across the state addressing the most basic needs for updated roofs, windows, and exterior walls, as well as efficient and effective mechanical and utility systems.

In addition, our request includes $121.2 million for 15 major, campus-specific capital projects across the state. Some of these projects are ready to begin construction, having received design funding in prior legislative sessions; the other projects will execute design and construction together or embark on the design process for construction to be funded in the future.

Together, the requested HEAPR and major capital project funding will:

  • improve campus teaching and learning environments and improve student outcomes;
  • reduce operating expenses and ease pressure on campus operating budgets;
  • enhance science, technology, engineering, math, allied health, technical, business, and education classrooms and labs; and
  • streamline student support services to increase student success.

We join our students, faculty, and staff in thanking you for your past support of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. Your thoughtful engagement and steadfast support allow us to provide all Minnesotans with access to high quality, affordable educational programs that prepare our students to thrive. Thank you for your consideration and support.

Our 2021 Supplemental Budget Request

We seek $54.2 million in the 2020 legislative session for the 2021 budget for: 

  • Tuition relief and campus support: $39.7 million
  • Next Gen: $14.5 million

Our 2021 supplemental budget request provides critical operating funds to every college and university in order to:

  • Strengthen the state's commitment to access and affordability
  • Invest in critical technology infrastructure
  • Support student success

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