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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published February 17 2010

MSUM, MSCTC working to offset cuts in student aid

Minnesota State University Moorhead expects to see another $575,000 in cuts after Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s latest recommendation to balance the state budget.

MSUM Budget Director Jean Hollaar estimates that is the impact the campus will see from the proposal announced Monday.

Pawlenty recommends cutting $53 million from higher education, which includes cuts to student financial aid.

Of that, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system would need to cut more than $10 million.

Hollaar said the additional cut likely will not warrant layoffs at MSUM. The university already is cutting from its base budget in preparation for fiscal year 2012, when MSUM will need to reduce its budget by at least $3.2 million, Hollaar said.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College estimates its share of the cuts announced by Pawlenty will be $350,000, said Chief Financial Officer Pat Nordick.

MSCTC has campuses in Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Wadena.

Both MSUM and MSCTC are working to increase enrollment and become more efficient to offset the budget cuts.

For example, MSCTC President Ann Valentine said the college is doing more partnerships with other schools.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590