We have one final opportunity to communicate with Gov. Tim Walz and key state legislators about the importance of helping college students by increasing funding for the State Grant program. These need-based grants help 43% of the Minnesota students going to college in the state, at both public and private nonprofit institutions. And here at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, more than 360 students students receive these grants. You can find out more about why the MN State Grant matters.
As the legislative session is coming to a close, now is a critical time to ask Minnesota policymakers to invest in college students and increase the size of these grants. The State Grant program, which provides need-based financial aid similar to the Pell Grant, is the only way that the State of Minnesota supports students at our institution and other private colleges throughout the state.
Through the Minnesota Private College Council’s advocacy system, Advocates for Minnesota Student Aid, you can easily send a message to the Governor and key legislators stating your support for increased funding for the State Grant program.
I have taken this step, and I ask you to consider doing so as well. Find out more and take action.
Speaking up for our students during this difficult pandemic is more important than ever. Your voice can make a difference for students here and across the state.