The story at Concordia University, St. Paul

State Grant

There were 832 State Grant recipients on campus in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 21 percent of all Concordia undergraduates.

  • The average State Grant award at Concordia was $4,742.
  • In total, more than $3.9 million in State Grant awards were made to Concordia students.

View a fact sheet about Concordia students and the State Grant.

Pell Grant

There were 1,392 Pell Grant recipients in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 36% of all Concordia University undergraduates.

  • The average Pell Grant award at Concordia was $3,804.
  • In total, nearly $5.3 million in Pell Grant awards were made to Concordia students.

The State Grant has helped my family and it lessens the stress and anxiety on how we would possibly pay for tuition. Because I have received this grant, I am able to attend Concordia University.”

Julie Dluabci Yang
Hometown:
Little Canada
School:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Class of
2018
Major:
Psychology
Extra-curriculars:
Bold Scholarship recipient, Member of Concordia Hmong Student Association, plays for Intramural Volleyball team; works in Financial Services office

"Paying for college definitely wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t have financial aid. The State Grant is key. Without it, I would have been in a much more difficult position, in terms of managing my tuition. Concordia University was definitely a good fit for me.”

Ren Souvannasoth
Hometown:
Chanhassen
School:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Class of
2014
Major:
Communication Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Internships with North Metro TV, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters and KSTP-TV; writer for university newspaper The Sword; member of the Student Senate, Student Alumni Council and Lambda Pi Eta Honorary Society

“I am a first-generation college student so it's been difficult because there was no college fund. Without the State Grant, I would not have had the finances to attend a school like Concordia University — it has helped me financially to reach my goal.

Taherah Shamsul-Bahri
Hometown:
Minneapolis
School:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Class of
2014
Major:
Psychology
Minor:
Family Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Student Alumni Council, United Minds of Joint Action, volunteer at the Minnesota Office of Higher Ed, internship at St. Paul Public Schools, assistant for social psychology professor

The State Grant actually makes it affordable for me to attend college. It’s nice to have some extra support, in addition to my loans. I chose to go to a private college for the low student-to-teacher ratio and for the quality of education I’d receive; I probably wouldn’t have been able to attend if not for grants.”

Amal Younis
Hometown:
Blaine
School:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Class of
2015
Major:
English with a journalism emphasis
Minor:
Political Science
Extra-curriculars:
A member of United Minds of Joint Action and Concordia Sisterhood Empowerment at Concordia. Has a work-study job in the financial aid office.