"I think that federal aid is a very important part of being able to further your education. If it weren't for federal aid and scholarships I would not have been able to attend my #1 school. So I guess you could say it changed my life for the better."
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“There is nothing more important to me than family. The State Grant allowed me to remain close to home in order to help support my family, in addition to furthering my education at one of the nation’s elite colleges.”
"The Minnesota student aid is important not just to me but also a lot of students who have a financial problem. Receiving the aid makes our dream of a higher education come closer because it enables us to concentrate on academic more and worry for finance less. Coming from a poor family, the Minnesota and federal aid have helped my family a lot. It allows me to go to college and focus on my goals. I believe that this aid should continue forever because it can change a person's life. It changed my life and I want it to change other people's live, too!"
“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.”
"Before, I did not even have a career plan and didn’t think that college and a four year degree was even possible. The State Grant has made a lot of things possible for me. I worry less about paying for school.”
"I was told that I would be responsible for contributing to my college education and it was not until after I had selected the institution of my choice that my family told me that they would contribute financially. Because of institutional awards and federal and state awards, I will graduate from a private college with less than $27,000 of debt. Had I chosen other institutions, I do not know what situation I would be facing right now. I do know though that the Minnesota State Grant Program allowed my family to have the privilege of a choice when it comes to my higher education and for that I am extremely grateful."
"The State Grant has made it possible for me to attend St. Kate’s, since I come from a low income family. This grant has opened doors for me at St. Kate’s. It has made it possible for me to be active on and off campus without being financially stressed.”
"The State Grant program has given me a chance to not only attend college, but to attend a school that I didn’t think would be financially possible for me. I’m incredibly grateful that I am able to focus on my education, rather than how I intend to pay for it.”
"Without the State Grant, I simply would not be able to afford a St. Thomas education. The State Grant has made a big difference.”
"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.”