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Published February 11, 2011, 03:41 PM

ND House Doesn't Want to Set College Tuition Rates

Lawmakers say they don't want to set tuition rates for North Dakota's public colleges.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawmakers say they don't want to set tuition rates for North Dakota's public colleges.

The North Dakota House defeated a pair of tuition bills Friday.

The Board of Higher Education now sets tuition rates for the state's 11 public colleges. One of the defeated bills sought to give the Legislature the job of setting tuition.

The second measure would have set minimum tuition rates for most out-of-state students at North Dakota colleges. It would have been pegged at no less than the average cost of education for undergraduates.

The bill exempted Minnesota students.

Valley City Rep. Phil Mueller (MYOO'-lur) says the Legislature isn't qualified to set tuition rates.

Tioga Rep. David Rust disagrees. He says the Legislature should set tuition because lawmakers get blamed anyway for rising college costs.

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