"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."
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"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.”
“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."