Bill would limit out of state students for NDSU and UND

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Certain lawmakers in North Dakota have a problem with the number of Minnesota students going to NDSU and UND.

Those lawmakers are trying to limit the number of out-of-state students allowed to go to public colleges in North Dakota. They say too many Minnesota students pick NDSU or UND for the price, rather than the quality.

45% of students going to the NDSU are from Minnesota. That's a bigger percentage than students from North Dakota, at 41%.

Over in Grand Forks, University of North Dakota has roughly the same number of students from Minnesota as they do from their own state.

Those numbers are a problem for some lawmakers, Representative Rick Becker is supporting a bill that would limit out of state students. Becker tells us he doesn't want the colleges becoming the Kmart of higher education.

Becker says the cost of higher education to the state is around 1 billion dollars, and there is an imbalance for North Dakota tax payers due to all the out of state students. He says he’s happy they are coming, but wants a better balance.

Christain Roise, and NDSU student from North Dakota says the bill shouldn’t pass. "I think that schools should be allowed to make the decisions. And, I understand this is a state run school, but if students want to come here and they want to learn, and they want to come here because it's affordable, and there is also a great education involved I don't think there should be a limit as far as that goes."

Those against the proposed law say a lot students from Minnesota come for college, but end up staying in North Dakota and giving back to the community. That could be the case for Lauren Berglof, an NDSU Junior. “This is a really nice town, great community, great people, and the networking I am starting now it mostly involves people around here. So, it's a great place to start."

If passed, the law would make small changes over 10 years. At this point the bill has been introduced in the house. You can read the full bill in related links attached to this article.