Private-college students to ask for state support of MN State Grant

Even more rallying:

Students from three private (nonprofit) Minnesota colleges will be at the Capitol tomorrow to support funding for the State Grant program.

This from the Minnesota Private College Council:

On Feb. 23 more than 150 college students will come to the Capitol to encourage legislators to support need-based aid through the State Grant program.  This is the first of five scheduled Days at the Capitol that will involve more than 500 college students.

The students coming on Wednesday will be from:

  • The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
  • Augsburg College, Minneapolis
  • Concordia University, St. Paul

The students have appointments in the morning with their home district legislators; they will meet as a group with legislative leaders in the early afternoon. They will be joined by Larry Goodwin, president of College of St. Scholastica.

Targeting low- and middle-income families, State Grant awards help one out of four Minnesota college students. In the current academic year, thousands of students lost State Grant awards and the remaining awards were cut, due to demand exceeding available funds. To avoid continued rationing, students are asking legislators to fully fund the program.

What: College students at the Capitol advocating for need-based aid

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Times: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Meetings with legislators in their offices, group sessions in the Capitol and State Office Building

For background on the State Grant program visit www.mnprivatecolleges.org/policy.