"I believe in the Minnesota State Grant program and support the funding for it because it has helped so many students around me. Higher education is one of the best pipelines to success and limiting people's options of where they can go for higher education keeps people from accessing their full potential and thus, helping society reach its full potential. A student here at St. Ben's is the President of our St. Ben's Senate and has been an influential campus leader. I have learned much from her leadership and she is a state grant recipient. Our campus would not be the same without her. Students should be allowed a choice in where they think they will excel the most when it comes to a learning environment. Students want diversity and different world-views in and outside the classroom. No student wants to sit in a classroom with all people who think, act, and look exactly like them. The Minnesota State Grant program allows all students the ability to access traditionally blocked off higher education systems. I ask you to support the state grant program and allow students the autonomy to make the decision that they think is the best for their education. Students will excel a lot more when they have a say in what they think is best for them.
The story at Saint Ben's and Saint John's
There were 962 State Grant recipients on campus in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 28 percent of all Saint Ben's and Saint John's students.
- The average State Grant award at CSB/SJU was $5,163.
- In total, $5 million in State Grant awards were made to CSB/SJU students.
There were 820 Pell Grant recipients in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 23% of all Saint Ben's/Saint John's students.
- The average Pell Grant award at Saint Ben's/Saint John's was $4,591.
- In total, more than $3.7 million in Pell Grant awards were made to Saint Ben's/Saint John's students.
“I am currently financing my college education with loans and some small payments by way of my employment. The grant allows some reassurance that I can pay all of my tuition. I am extremely grateful for the grant, for the last year, this year, and hopefully future years.”
"My mom passed away when I was 13 and my dad has had cancer twice and is retired. Without the State Grant I would not be able to go to St. Ben’s and get the education that I’m working for.”
“My college attendance is based on the financial aid that I get. I have a stepbrother in college, so my stepdad has to pay for that. I chose Saint Ben’s because it was a Minnesota college and I knew I needed the State Grant to help pay for tuition.”