Presidents speak up in Star Tribune column

Support for increasing State Grant awards was the focus of a March opinion column in the Star Tribune written by four area college presidents. They noted the support the program has had from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce for its efficiency and effectiveness, and because it provides aid directly to students, encouraging healthy competition within higher education. The presidents also wrote that need-based financial aid:

  • “Increases enrollment in college, especially among students for whom cost is the biggest barrier;
  • Increases on-time graduation rates, which is the most effective way to reduce the total cost of a college education;
  • Increases student learning, by reducing the excessive hours students need to work during the school year just to pay for their education; and
  • Reduces student debt, which has reached levels that deter some students from going to college or completing their degree on time.”