“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.”
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“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.”
“With this grant, I was able to afford to live on campus, which is huge and has allowed me to experience campus fully and focus on my studies. It also helps relieve the financial burden on my father, who is a single parent.”
“When I was chose St. Thomas, it was on the edge of what we could afford, but we worked it out. The State Grant definitely helped. It was an important factor in making my choice."
“I come from a large family that owns a dairy farm. For my siblings and me, college was only if we could find the funding to do it. Without the State Grant, I wouldn’t have been able to go to a school with a great environmental program and it would have been a few years before I could go at all.”
“The State Grant is important to me because I need money to go to school; it decreases the amount of financial stress I have. I’m trying to do all of this on my own, so grants also reduce the amount of worry my family has that I’ll end up with a huge amount of debt when I graduate.”