There has been a continuous stream of student advocates at the Minnesota Capitol speaking up for the State Grant program. Some of them have even been testifying on it. Here are some excerpts of what a few had to say.
“The State Grant is more than just a dollar amount, it allowed me to be more involved and have the opportunity to progress.”
— Brandon Williams, sophomore at Augsburg College, testifying Jan. 19
“My parents have always been able to provide love and as much financial support as they can, but a big chunk of the time I've spent in college I've felt I've been on my own. . . . Not only did I need to learn how to manage my academic schedule, I also had to wade through the complexities of financial aid, and at some point find a job, or three at certain times. . . . The State Grant has helped me fill in the gaps that my parents and I cannot, and it's definitely the reason why I can graduate next year on time.”
— Mirna Serrano-Barahona, junior at St. Catherine University, testifying Feb. 28
“I vowed to myself that because of the generous financial aid I had received, that I would make the most out of everything that I possibly could . . . without the Minnesota State Grant, none of this would have been possible for me.”
— Grace Bryan, sophomore at Concordia College, testifying March 2