Why care

We all win when more low- and middle-income students are able to earn college degrees and choose the education options that make sense to them. Without state and federal student aid many students would not be able to afford to go to college.

Did you know:

  • About 1 out of 4 Minnesota resident undergrads are State Grant recipients.
  • 68% of recipients have incomes below $50,000.
  • State Grant aid reduces the amount of loans students need to take out to finance their education.

State Grant recipients attend all types of institutions. Consider these examples of the number of State Grant recipients at:

  • Rochester Community and Technical College: 1,747
  • University of St. Thomas: 1,576
  • Saint Paul College: 2,587
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato: 3,414
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: 8,008

Research has proven that additional financial aid will:

  • Increase college enrollment among low-income students
  • Increase the number of students who stay in college and earn degrees
  • Increase the share of students who graduate on-time
  • Reduce the time students work while in college
  • Reduce how much students have to borrow

Find out what you can do.