Discover how scholarships through the Minnesota Private College Fund are helping three of our college students achieve their goals.
Thousands of students receive scholarships and grants that make it possible for them to attend private nonprofit colleges in our state. Here are short stories about three of them, all recipients of scholarships provided through the Minnesota Private College Fund. Supported by donations from steadfast supporters, the Fund provides scholarships that help nearly 300 students a year.
Use our colleges’ net price calculators to find out what you’re likely to pay.
It’s easy to get hung up on the “list price” that you see on a college’s website, but few students pay that thanks to financial aid. To find a more accurate cost that factors this in, use the net price calculators for any of our colleges.
Find out why this physics major is succeeding on and off the athletic field at Concordia College.
When Willie Julkes III was a senior in high school he was looking for an opportunity to play football in college and earn an excellent education. As the recruiting process played out, Julkes had a couple options; head to a bigger school and try to make the team as a walk-on or head to a small private college and be a starter.
Find out how incomes of Minnesota FAFSA-filing families at our private colleges compares to the state of Minnesota’s median family income.
The median income of Minnesota FAFSA-filing families at our private colleges is lower than the state of Minnesota’s median family income, at $83,000 at our member colleges versus $86,000 for the state.
Learn how an increase in State Grant funding this spring helps Minnesota public and private college students.
Decisions lawmakers reached in St. Paul earlier this year will result in more help for college students this fall. Legislators and Gov. Tim Walz agreed on a $18.2 million increase in funding over two years for the Minnesota State Grant program, which provides need-based aid to more than 80,000 Minnesota students.
Discover what this Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota senior has done to manage the cost of college.
While in high school in Wisconsin, Zechariah Kitzhaber considered both private and public colleges. After talking with his parents, he knew he wanted to go to the college that could make it the most affordable. “Cost was definitely one of the biggest factors when I was picking colleges,” Kitzhaber remembered. “I was mainly looking at larger schools but a few smaller schools too.
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:
Discover how Zechariah chose the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and what he’s done to manage the cost.
College financial aid packages often include institutional scholarships, money that the colleges award students that doesn’t need to be paid back. Minnesota Private Colleges award over $614 million in institutional scholarships each year. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota student Zechariah Kitzhaber is just one student whose education is supported by these scholarships.
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.
Learn how this St. Olaf College junior weighed her college options, made her choice and manages the cost.
The ways students pay for college is as unique as their college experiences. Students often have several different ways they make paying for college work, and Monique Rondeau, a junior at St. Olaf College, is no different.