MnSCU may use tuition, reserves during shutdown

by John Hageman

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System will attempt to use tuition revenue and reserves to operate during a state government shutdown. The board passed the motion during an emergency meeting Wednesday.

The meeting was called to discuss how they would be affected if lawmakers can’t reach a budget deal by July 1.

It is not clear if they will be able to use those funds, according to Minnesota Public Radio’s Tim Post. If they don’t have access to those funds, MnSCU would consider stopping operations July 1, when the state shutdown would begin.

MnSCU will also send out 6,000 layoff notices Friday if it can’t continue processing its money during a shutdown, according to the Associated Press.