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.
Did you know that 27% of all 2014 nonprofit graduates and 31% of public sector graduates left college with no debt?
Did you know that 27% of all 2014 nonprofit graduates and 31% of public sector graduates left college with no debt? That’s a statistic you rarely hear in the news. Here’s another one: students at Minnesota’s private nonprofit colleges graduate with almost the same amount of debt as those who went to a Minnesota public university. And for those who do borrow, it can be manageable. (For more on borrowing, see our new background piece.
Addressing the topic of affordability with students and parents is possible — with some facts!
Addressing the topic of affordability with students and parents is possible — with some facts! Though every family’s situation is different and there may not be a one-size-fits-all answer, students can afford a private college.
Two financial aid experts share tips on unraveling the complexities of college pricing.
The mother said it bluntly: her daughter shouldn’t consider private nonprofit colleges because they wouldn’t be affordable. At the Minneapolis Convention Center, where the National College Fair was held this fall, she had stopped by the Minnesota’s Private Colleges table to share her conclusion.
“We’re Worth It!” combines key facts about academic excellence, affordability and career value.
A new one-pager was released this winter that conveys what makes Minnesota’s Private Colleges worth considering. “We’re Worth It!” combines key facts about academic excellence, affordability and career value.
There are new forecasts for limited labor force growth in the state. While the share of the working population who needs to have at least some college education will remain high, Minnesota faces challenges of college affordability and on-time degree completion.
There are new forecasts for limited labor force growth in the state, with more Baby Boomers due to retire. Meanwhile, the share of the working population who needs to have at least some college education will remain high. That’s why boosting our state’s educational attainment is such a priority for Minnesota to thrive economically.