“The State Grant allows me to not have that additional worry of acquiring finances each semester. It gives me the security to pursue my academic goals.”
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"I'm the oldest child in a family of six kids, so going to college was like jumping in the deep end for our family. Because of the State Grant, I could look at all different types of colleges and choose the one for me. I couldn't have done that without the assistance of grants and scholarships."
“The State Grant actually makes it affordable for me to attend college. It’s nice to have some extra support, in addition to my loans. I chose to go to a private college for the low student-to-teacher ratio and for the quality of education I’d receive; I probably wouldn’t have been able to attend if not for grants.”
“We’re not financially well-off and I’ve always known that I’d have to work hard to get what I want. I don’t think I’d be at a private college or maybe even college without the State Grant. I’m so grateful that I can be here. I believe that what I’m getting is a quality education and I love everything about Concordia.”
“My college attendance is based on the financial aid that I get. I have a stepbrother in college, so my stepdad has to pay for that. I chose Saint Ben’s because it was a Minnesota college and I knew I needed the State Grant to help pay for tuition.”
"Because my dad has ALS and is on disability retirement, our family income is cut in half. It was relief to get the State Grant so I don't have to worry about loans as much. My experience at Bethel would be more stressful and I'd have to work more without it."
"The State Grant is letting me be a part of extracurriculars like theatre. Without it, I wouldn't be able to have the friends I have or live on campus. I'd be trying to work full-time to help pay for college. That would definitely be a negative experience."
"Money is definitely an issue; I wouldn’t be here if not for grants and scholarships. It’s great when money doesn’t have to hold you back. Things like the State Grant allow you the opportunity to go to college, opening the door to future possibilities."