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.
Learn how this Hamline business major chose her college and graduated early.
When senior Hamline University business major Madi Nelson was exploring her college options as a high school student, affordability was a major consideration, but it wasn’t the only factor. “I felt like I was going to be the most successful at Hamline,” Nelson said. That success allowed her to graduate early, and she gained a unique perspective on financial aid by working in campus financial aid office.
Get on the same page as your student about paying for college.
Discussing money can be an uncomfortable topic for even adults to broach, but it's important to have a sit down with your student about paying for college so they have a better idea of what college costs as well as how and who will be paying for it.
Find out what your options are when it comes to paying for college if you make too much to qualify for much need-based aid.
Middle-income families often 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. So how do they make it work?
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.
Discover why it’s important to weigh how long it will take to earn a degree when comparing college costs.
When comparing college costs, one needs to weigh how long it will likely take to earn a degree. For the 17 institutions in the Minnesota Private College Council, the four-year grad rate for first-time, full-time students is 66 percent; this compares to 52 percent at the U of M system and 23 percent at Minnesota State universities. This means that our students are more likely to graduate on time, stop paying tuition and start working.
Learn how net price calculators help to estimate how much financial aid a family’s student might be eligible to receive.
A great way to estimate how much financial aid a family’s student might be eligible to receive is by using net price calculators (sometimes also called "financial aid estimators”). All colleges have one on their website. "Net price" simply refers to what a student actually pays to attend, after subtracting financial aid.
Find out how financial aid — and a well-placed work study job — are enabling this Hamline business major to graduate early.
Every student’s college experience is unique, and the way students pay for college is no different. Many students have several support systems that help them make paying for college work, and Madi Nelson, a senior business major at Hamline University, is no different.
Learn — and share — tax changes made last legislative session that will help college students, recent grads and those saving for college.
College students, recent grads and those saving for college each scored a victory this past legislative session. Policymakers passed and Gov. Dayton signed into law several policy changes to Minnesota tax law that will help each group.