Just in time for the holidays, Congress has come to an agreement on another Covid-19 relief package and a funding bill for the federal government. Included in these bills are major changes to FAFSA, Pell Grant eligibility, funding for higher education, and other policy and relief to help students. These changes represent some of the most significant changes to federal higher education laws in over a decade and will make college more affordable and accessible for millions of students.
Following up on our spring 2020 survey, LeadMN followed up with students on how the pandemic was impacting them. From November 24 through December 8, over 8,200Minnesota State community and technical college students responded.
Twenty students from the Minnesota State colleges and universities were nominated for the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award. Each student will receive a $500 award.
LeadMN sent a letter to Governor Walz on ways that he can address racial inequities in higher education and help grow Minnesota's economy by investing in our community colleges.
With the election less than two weeks away, our attention will quickly turn to the upcoming legislative session and how that will impact students access to quality affordable education in Minnesota. This conversation comes at a time when students are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask that the Board of Trustees makes decisions with a sense of empathy and urgency.
During the fifth special legislative session of the year the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate passed a $1.9 billion bonding bill, the largest in state history. Included was $90 million for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement and projects at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Students that serve on committees have the opporunity to be the first to help create postivite changes in the system. Learn more about open committees.