January 2023

2023 legislative agenda and policy background briefs released
The Council asks Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature to prioritize the needs of college students by lowering the share of college costs that the State Grant formula expects students to cover. The requested change would significantly increase the size of the need-based financial aid grants provided by the State Grant program. The State Grant program helps nearly 70,000 students at both public and private institutions. The Council also has compiled key facts about our 18 member institutions in one-page policy background briefs on state impact, access, affordability, debt and outcomes.

New transfer pathway search tool for community or technical college students
The Council has a new online pathway search tool to help Minnesota community or technical college students see how courses in a specific major will transfer at 12 of our member institutions. While there is information on 23 majors, the psychology information is particularly robust, given pathway development work undertaken in 2022 as part of the Council’s Transfer Initiative.

Free virtual financial aid events for Minnesota students and families
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is hosting a series of virtual financial aid events during February. All sessions will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

Join Minnesota private college student scholars at the Capitol
Minnesota private college students will be holding a poster session at the State Capitol Rotunda on the morning of Feb. 15, sharing their research findings at this year’s Scholars at the Capitol. Consider stopping by the event, which is open to all, and supporting our students.

Job and Internship Fair returns to Minneapolis Convention Center
The 47th annual Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair will be held on Feb. 22 and is attended by over 2,000 undergraduate students from our member institutions and over 300 employers.

Counselors' Breakfast to be held in Wisconsin and Minnesota
Admission directors at our colleges invite high school counselors and others who work with students on college planning to a free informational breakfast on March 14 in Eau Claire and on May 9 in Minnetonka. Learn what’s going on at our institutions and get answers to your questions.