"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.”
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"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.”
“The State Grant is important to me because it helped me be the first in my family to go to college. Without it, the opportunity to attend Hamline would not be possible.”
“Without the State Grant, I would have had a lot less options for school. At Gustavus, I have the freedom to explore my interests and to discover new talents outside my discipline.”
"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.”
"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.”