With the Legislature in session and a surplus forecast in the state budget, policymakers can help college students by investing in the need-based financial aid that that the state awards through the Minnesota State Grant program. The Minnesota Private College Council recommends an increase of $92 million in funding that would reduce the portion of college costs that students and families who are receiving the grants are expected to pay. The result? Thousands of newly eligible students and larger grants for current grant recipients.
In the coming weeks students from private nonprofit colleges will be coming to the Capitol to meet with legislators and help make the case for this investment. (If you’re a current student it would be great if you would join a group of your fellow students at the Capitol in the coming weeks; you can find out more and register online.)
And as we get closer to key deadlines, the Council will be sharing opportunities for all Advocates for Minnesota Student Aid to speak up as well, including by reaching out to legislators with emails or phone calls.