The story at St. Olaf College

State Grant

There were 462 State Grant recipients on campus in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 15% of all St. Olaf students..

  • The average State Grant award at St. Olaf was $5,779.
  • In total, $2.7 million in State Grant awards were made to St. Olaf students.

View a fact sheet about St. Olaf students and the State Grant.

Pell Grant

There were 617 Pell Grant recipients in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 20% of all St. Olaf students.

  • The average Pell Grant award at St. Olaf was $4,641.
  • In total, $2.9 million in Pell Grant awards were made to St. Olaf students.

“One of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to college was to study abroad. This didn’t seem possible because I came from a lower income background. The Minnesota State Grant made that dream possible and provided for me an academic and life experience that I’ll cherish forever.

Kholood Mo’allim
Hometown:
Eden Prairie
School:
St. Olaf College
Class of
2022
Major:
French and Philosophy
Extra-curriculars:
KSTO radio, ESL Club, Muslim Student Association, Karibu, Hmong Dialogue and Leadership, Europe and Caucasus and Central Asia Organization

"My family is low-income and I am a first-generation student. It is more difficult for my family to understand the support I need to obtain a four-year degree. Without the State Grant I would not be going to St. Olaf. I would probably be working an ordinary job and not pursuing a college career.”

Zoua Lor
Hometown:
Brooklyn Center
School:
St. Olaf College
Class of
2018
Major:
Psychology
Extra-curriculars:
Works as a tutor in local elementary schools and at the telecommunications office, belongs to the Hmong Women Dialogue Club, Hmong Women Outreach and Student Life Committee

“I wanted to go to a good college without putting a huge burden on my family, since my sister will also be in college soon. Without the State Grant, I would be more worried that we couldn’t keep up with payments. That added burden would mean I wouldn’t be able to focus as much on my studies.

Carlos Rivera
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
St. Olaf College
Class of
2015
Major:
Chemistry and Math
Extra-curriculars:
Works as an office assistant in the TRiO office, belongs to the Sci-Fi Club and the Problem Solving Club.

"Coming from a very small town limited the types of people I was exposed to, and I never seemed to find friends with whom I could connect. Receiving need-based financial aid has allowed me to attend a college that has exposed me to a variety of individuals, and I have had the opportunity to develop a community of friends I know I will retain for the rest of my life. Without the aid I received from the state, I would never have grown to be the person I am today, as I would never have met the friends I know now."

Sonja Smerud
Hometown:
Finland
School:
St. Olaf College
Class of
2014
Major:
Biology, Political Science
Minor:
Environmental Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Environmental Student Organizations, Model United Nations, Student Government