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.

2022 legislative request

We ask Governor Walz and the Legislature to prioritize college students through the Minnesota State Grant program, which supports students who need it most.

Action is needed to help students by lowering the share of expenses that the grant formula expects them to cover. By lowering the student share from 50 to 46 percent, students’ grants would increase, making it more affordable for students to earn their degrees.

Benefits

The impact of this $42 million investment would be meaningful:

  • Larger grants help the 66,000 students who would already receive State Grant awards.
  • The average grant increase would be $635.
  • The increase in the maximum grant would be:
    • $700 at Normandale Community College
    • $870 at Winona State University
    • $1,170 at private nonprofit colleges and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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.