“I am a first-generation college student so it's been difficult because there was no college fund. Without the State Grant, I would not have had the finances to attend a school like Concordia University — it has helped me financially to reach my goal.”
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“I chose St. Scholastica because I wanted to attend a really great school; the State Grant makes it possible for me to go here. I am not eligible to take student loans and I work 60 hours a week to pay for school.”
“The biggest thing the Minnesota State Grant did was really widen my range of possibility. Cost was a huge factor in picking a school but I did not want to miss out on quality. My choices would have been significantly reduced."
“I always imagined myself going to a private liberal arts college — small class sizes are really important to me — but without the State Grants I could not have attended Concordia College. I hope to be a teacher and will not be making a large amount of money. I feel very fortunate to be able to attend a great school like Concordia College and I am grateful to my State Grant that made it a reality for me."
“I am very grateful for the State Grant. Both my brothers attend community college and I am extremely fortunate to have the State Grant to attend private college at Saint Mary’s. It has made it much more affordable for my family.”
“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."
"I am a nontraditional student — an adult nursing student who is also a mom to three kids. I am thankful for this grant that allows me to attend the school that works best for me, while also working fewer hours so that I can focus on my nursing studies."
"Being able to receive a State Grant has eased the financial burden. It has allowed me to attend a college that’s a good fit for my academic and other interests.”
“With me and two of my siblings in college, getting the State Grant is a great help. I don’t think I’d have been able to come to Gustavus without it.”