The real price families paid for tuition at our colleges in 2011-12 after factoring in institutional, federal and state grants was less than half the sticker price. The net price for low-income students was even lower.
When it comes to going to college in another state, more Minnesota students do so than other states’ students come to Minnesota. This is a continuing trend, averaging a net export of 4,577 students per year since 2004.
This year some advocates are suggesting that Minnesota’s State Grant program discriminates against part-time students. The facts don’t support these claims; here is some background about how grants are currently awarded and the public policy principles that should guide policymakers.
When the goal is to increase the number of Minnesotans who earn a college degree, need-based grant aid has a powerful impact. Research data make a strong case for why Minnesota’s State Grant program is so worthwhile.
If you envision undergraduate students at Minnesota colleges as made up entirely of fresh-faced 18- to 22-year-olds, you’d be wrong. A growing number of students at four-year colleges are now aged 25 or older.
With summer vacations ending, what do we expect of high school, for all those returning teenagers? If your answer would be to prepare for college, most Minnesotans would agree, according to a new survey.
There are a lot of challenges that go with being poor in America. That's
true too when it comes to higher education. Lower-income students are
much less likely than higher-income students to make it to college and
As baby boomers begin to leave Minnesota's workforce in the coming
years, we have enough college-educated workers aged 25-44 to fill their
vacancies. The concern is the
education level of the group that comes next.
Graduates of four-year colleges in Minnesota are
increasingly leaving school with loan debt. This debt is not yet
leading to higher default rates, but student borrowing merits close attention. Here's
some background on this complex issue.