“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.”
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"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."
"Without the Minnesota State Grant I would not be able afford more than one class a semester. Because of this grant I am able to attend the private university that has the major I want and a program that is tailored for a working adult. I still work full time and apply for scholarships to make my educational goals possible. I grew up in a lower middle class home without financial support for college. This grant really supports the 'American Dream' and helps to narrow the income gap by allowing students like me access to higher paying jobs through education."
"If I didn't receive the State Grant, I probably wouldn't be in college right now. I am the first in my family to go to college and I thought the only option, if your family doesn't have any money, was to join the military."
“I cannot imagine having to work more than I already do. I can focus more on my studies and worry less about money. My dad was in a bad car accident and it really took a toll on our family financially. Instead of choosing whatever school was the cheapest one, the State Grant opened up my opportunities."
“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.”