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.
Figure out what your student will likely pay to attend college after subtracting grants and scholarships.
Few students actually pay the “list price” thanks to financial aid. To find a more accurate cost based on your family’s unique circumstances and finances, visit the net price calculators for each of our colleges. (Every college is required to provide one on their website.)
Discover the ways in which career development is being more closely integrated into student employment.
While work study is an important part of financially supporting college students, many Minnesota Private Colleges are also working to redefine the role of student employment in career development.
“When employers are hiring for a position many are working off a behavior-based philosophy, which is predicated on work history,” said Dave Broza, director of the Office of Career Development and Calling at Bethel University. “The best prediction for an employee’s success is their past experience and this includes work study.”
Learn how tuition pricing at private colleges works to provide a high-quality experience to families of all means.
At Minnesota's private colleges, students receive an education of exceptional value, as recognized by the more than 40,000 students who choose to enroll in our colleges and demonstrated by our hundreds of thousands of successful graduates. The economic returns of higher education are unequivocally clear, in the form of more stable employment, wider professional opportunities and higher average lifetime earnings. But today few personal or family financial decisions are as significant as the investment in a college education.
Help families understand how additional years of college balloons college costs.
Students don’t plan to take more than four years to graduate, but the reality is that many do — and that means footing the bill for additional years of tuition. It also means that students are losing out on income because they’re starting their careers later.
Learn more about options for families who make too much to qualify for much need-based aid.
Many middle-income families feel like they’re caught between a rock and hard place: They make too much to qualify for much need-based aid, but not enough to foot the entire college bill. The Council recently wrote an article on how middle-income families are paying for college.