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.
Explore how MCAD uses their work-study program to offer students hands-on, real-world experiences that can lead to invaluable professional connections.
For many college students, work study is an important part of their college experience — it offers an opportunity to earn financial support while getting more connected to their college. But work study is much more than just a college job. It contributes to student success.
Learn about ways to determine how much financial aid your child might be eligible to receive.
A myriad of factors will go into choosing where your child goes to college — which majors are offered, the career services available and so on. But one factor is going to almost always be at play: cost. Given that, ensure you understand the impact of financial aid before eliminating a college based on what you think the cost will be.
Learn how financial aid, a helpful financial aid office and family support made all the difference.
After her first year of college studying in Iowa, Ali Carlson knew she wanted to make a change. She had previously looked at Concordia College in Moorhead and felt like that’s where she belonged. Carlson, who grew up in Farmington, wanted to choose a college closer to home — one that would provide a high value for the investment.
Explore ways to encourage families to keep their options open until they know how much financial aid they are eligible to receive.
As you know, financial aid — institutional, state or federal — often doesn’t just determine IF a student can go to college, but it also affects WHERE the student will go to college. But too often families will eliminate a college based solely on the perceived cost without factoring in financial aid. Or worse, families may assume they won’t qualify of any aid so they don’t fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is also often used to determine institutional aid.
Learn about the new “Early FAFSA” and how it might affect families.
By Joy Rockwell, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and Neil Leibundguth, University of St. Thomas
As the school year begins, some changes have occurred that will impact the students we work with — and your ability to assist them. Just one year ago, President Obama made an executive action to allow students to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier.