Learn how the family income of FAFSA-filing Minnesota students at our colleges compares with the state’s public universities.
The median family income for FAFSA-filing Minnesota students at our colleges falls within a similar range as the state’s public universities. (“Median” means that half have higher incomes and half have incomes lower than the amounts shown.)
$87,300 at the University of Minnesota
$83,400 at Minnesota Private Colleges*
$62,800 at Minnesota State universities
This can be broken down even further into three general income categories:
Find out how well Minnesota’s higher ed sectors graduate Pell recipients in four years and where there is room for improvement.
The share of college students graduating within four years from the college where they started and attended full-time is a longstanding measure of how students are faring — and how institutions are performing. Now new federal data have been released that reveal these results for the first time for low-income students, measured by those who receive Pell Grants.
At our 17 nonprofit institutions, 54 percent of our first-time, full-time students who receive Pell Grants graduated in four years.
Learn how well our colleges graduate Pell Grant recipients in four years compared to the state systems as well as nationally.
In Minnesota, our member institutions have the highest share of first-time, full-time Pell Grant recipients graduating in four years — and when compared to other states’ publics and nonprofits, we rank first nationally. Pell grants help low-income students pay for college; more than one in four students at Minnesota Private Colleges receive them.
See how our college students use their voices at the Minnesota Legislature to support investments in the program.
How Minnesota helps low- and middle-income college students is getting some attention. College students have been speaking up about the State Grant program at the Capitol, legislators have been calling for new investment and Gov. Tim Walz gave it his attention in his proposed budget. While the program’s name isn’t very catchy, the impact is attention getting: one in four Minnesota college students rely on this support.
Explore how equal access to practices common to the liberal arts helps students thrive in the workplace and in life.
The most significant challenge facing higher education today is a growing economic and racial segregation, and the incorporation of equity as one of AAC&U’s foundational principles reflects the ideal that access to educational excellence for all students is critical, not only for our nation’s economy but, more importantly, for the preservation of our democratic society.
Find out how legislation moving through the U.S. House of Representatives might affect Minnesota college students.
The landscape of federal support for college students would change dramatically under legislation moving through the House of Representatives. While some new efforts would emerge, several existing sources of aid would be eliminated, with low-income students facing the greatest risks.
Explore a program at St. Scholastica that seeks to foster strong academic habits early in students' college career.
Colleges are continually looking for new ways to increase the retention of their students — especially students who may be at a greater risk of dropping out. The College of St. Scholastica has created a new program to try to do just that: Academic Plus supports incoming freshman who have slightly lower GPA and ACT scores.
Read a speech excerpt from College of Saint Benedict President Dr. Mary Hinton about expanding the dialogue around inclusion.
On April 5, Minnesota Campus Compact celebrated the community engagement and partnership that happens on college campuses across the state. As one of the speakers, College of Saint Benedict President Dr. Mary Hinton emphasized the current need to expand dialogue around inclusion.
Many peer-mentoring models exist to help first-year students adapt to their environment, build relationships and gain a sense of connection to the campus community.
Many peer-mentoring models exist to help first-year students adapt to their environment, build relationships and gain a sense of connection to the campus community. Learn how The College of St. Scholastica, St. Catherine University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design pair first-year students with upper-class students — with the goal of increasing retention.
Many independent students juggle full-time jobs, families and even military commitments while working towards a degree.
Your picture of who goes to private nonprofit colleges may need updating: Independent students, who are 25 and older, account for 14% of undergraduate enrollment at Minnesota Private College Council member institutions.
“Working towards that four-year degree can look differently depending on the student. We help students earn that degree while still living their life,” said Breanne Tepler, an admissions counselor at The College of St. Scholastica.