Strong financial aid programs are critical to the future of our kids, our economy and our state. One out of every four college students receives a Minnesota State Grant. Without it, many students would be unable to attend college — or they would have to take on more debt.

What is an advocate?

An advocate is a person who is willing to speak up about an issue that is important, like the importance of student financial aid. Anyone can advocate for student financial aid:

  • Current college students
  • College faculty and staff
  • Parents of students
  • Alumni
  • Community and business leaders
  • Anyone else concerned about keeping college affordable

What can I do?

  • Sign up to join Advocates for Minnesota Student Aid. You will receive brief updates and occasional requests to reach out to legislators.
  • Write an email to thank or encourage policymakers to increase State Grant awards. Find out who represents you.
  • Take action by emailing your state representative or senator on pending legislation.
  • Meet with your state representative or senator at the State Capitol. Find your state and federal legislators.
  • Write letters to the editor or post comments on local news stories.
  • Help local business and community leaders understand the importance of the Minnesota State Grant program.

Current Minnesota private college students can also:

  • Attend Day at the Capitol during the spring legislative session. You'll meet with legislators about the importance of the State Grant program. Hundreds of students come over several days.
  • Thank legislators for their support during scheduled thank you card events that are held on campus.
  • Join or support the Minnesota Association of Private College Students.

State legislative session

Find out about the Council's legislative agenda.

Join Advocates for Minnesota Student Aid

Stay informed about issues in state and federal financial aid.

Take action

Reach out to your elected officials on an issue.

Find your legislators

Identify who represents you and how to contact them.

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