Gov. Dayton leads on financial aid
With the supplemental budget that the administration released in early March, Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed reinvesting the balance in the State Grant program to increase State Grant awards for thousands of college students. The Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) supports the governor’s State Grant proposal, and asks legislators to act on it.
“Governor Dayton has done the right thing for college students by proposing to improve the awards they receive through the State Grant program,” said Dan Bruss, Bethany Lutheran College president and MPCC chair. “It is important to act now to raise financial aid grants for the academic year that begins in the fall of 2014.”
The State Grant program helps one in four Minnesota college students, whether they attend college part-time or full-time, whether they attend private colleges or public ones.
“This is a very modest proposal,” said Paul Cerkvenik, MPCC president. “It requires no new money, just reinvesting the small balance that has grown in the program. We hope legislators will understand how important it is to increase financial aid grants for college students and how financially prudent this proposal is as well.”
Many college students could see their State Grant awards increase by $200 to $500 under this proposal. Gov. Dayton’s budget calls for both raising the cap that limits the amount of tuition and fees that are recognized when State Grant awards are calculated, and for improving how students’ living expenses are taken into account. View more details.
More than 100 students came to the Capitol this week from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Catherine University and St. Olaf College to meet with their hometown legislators about the proposal. The students reported hearing overall positive reviews about the program and its impact. A couple hundred more students from other MPCC member institutions will visit the Capitol through April.
More is available on our Advocates for Student Aid website, including stories about students who receive the grants and the impact at different colleges. There’s also a new video that sums up why the State Grant matters, featuring students from The College of St. Scholastica; pass it on to others who may be interested.