There’s been a longstanding bipartisan commitment at the Capitol to invest in the Minnesota State Grant program and directly support students. But the financial aid needs of today’s low-and middle-income students and families are not being met, and the program asks students to contribute amounts that are unrealistic and unaffordable.

2021 legislative request

This session we ask Governor Walz and the Legislature to prioritize college students through the State Grant program, which gives grants to the students who need it most. That’s how we prepare Minnesotans to succeed in the post-COVID-19 economy and make progress on educational equity.

An increase of $67.5 million in funding for the State Grant program. This investment would increase average grants by reducing the student share — the portion of college costs that students are expected to pay.

Benefits

More than 40 percent of Minnesota resident college students would benefit from this investment:

  • larger grants for the 71,100 students who would already receive grants next year; and
  • more recipients with an additional 3,300 receiving grants — an increase of 5 percent — with most of those students attending community and technical colleges.

State Grant 101

The State Grant program is the only way the state of Minnesota targets funds to college students based on their financial need. Recipients:

  • Earn bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificates
  • Attend part-time and full-time
  • Attend private and public institutions

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The 9,500 students earning a bachelor’s degree each year at our 17 private nonprofit institutions are well position to pay back debt.