Learn how the grant helps students at two- and four-year institutions, both public and private, afford college.
More than 80,000 Minnesota residents received a State Grant to help keep college affordable in the 2017-18 academic year. That’s one in four Minnesota undergraduates enrolled in college here. Students receiving these need-based grants attend two- and four-year institutions, both public and private, and 90 percent of all State Grant recipients have a family income of less than $80,000.
Over 11,400 students at our 17 member colleges— that’s one in three Minnesota college students enrolled at our schools — were State Grant recipients, with an average award of $4,826.
Find out how well the class of 2017 fared within one year of graduation.
Each year the Council surveys our member institutions about the post-graduation outcomes of recent graduates. Looking at the most recent data for the class of 2017, 94 percent were employed, pursuing additional education or doing volunteer (e.g., Peace Corps or mission work) or military service within a year of earning their bachelor’s degree:
Find out how well Minnesota’s higher ed sectors graduate Pell recipients in four years and where there is room for improvement.
The share of college students graduating within four years from the college where they started and attended full-time is a longstanding measure of how students are faring — and how institutions are performing. Now new federal data have been released that reveal these results for the first time for low-income students, measured by those who receive Pell Grants.
At our 17 nonprofit institutions, 54 percent of our first-time, full-time students who receive Pell Grants graduated in four years.
Learn how well our colleges graduate Pell Grant recipients in four years compared to the state systems as well as nationally.
In Minnesota, our member institutions have the highest share of first-time, full-time Pell Grant recipients graduating in four years — and when compared to other states’ publics and nonprofits, we rank first nationally. Pell grants help low-income students pay for college; more than one in four students at Minnesota Private Colleges receive them.
Learn how grants and scholarships help keep private college.
Private colleges are affordable after grants and scholarships are subtracted from the listed tuition. For the 2016-17 academic year, the average “net” tuition for first-year students at our colleges was $14,999 because students received an average of $23,129 in institutional, state and federal grants. After adjusting for inflation, net tuition for first year students was $904 less than it was a decade ago. Find links to our college’s net price calculators.
Learn how students of color and American Indian students enrollment has increased in the last decade.
In fall 2018, students of color and American Indian students accounted for 27 percent of all undergraduate enrollment, an increase of 129 percent compared to fall 2008, when they accounted for only 15 percent of total enrollment. For nine of our member institutions, they accounted for 20 percent or more of undergraduate enrollment. (For context, last spring students of color and American Indian students graduating from Minnesota high schools accounted for 23 percent of graduates.)
Find out how the state of Minnesota’s higher education budget is distributed.
Although students at our 17 member institutions represent 30 percent of all baccalaureate graduates in the Minnesota, they benefit from a small share — just 3 percent — of public higher education spending.
If private colleges didn’t exist and our students enrolled instead in public institutions, it would cost the state of Minnesota more than $348 million each year in additional institutional subsidies.