“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.”
The story at St. Olaf College
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.
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.
"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.”
“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.”
"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."