"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.”
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"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.”
"The State Grant has allowed my twin sister and I to attend Concordia College. Without receiving it we would not have been able to attend. I wanted to play college hockey and the State Grant has allowed me to play the sport that I love and receive a great education."
"The State Grant is important to me because it gives me more free time to be involved in activities and to focus on my studies. I already work many hours a week and adding more hours would be stressful. The State Grant has made my college experience more affordable.”
"Being a first-generation student, raised in a single-parent household, I know how important grants and financial aid are to helping me complete my education. My mother has two daughters in college, and the fact that we are able to get support from the State Grant has helped a lot."