Scholarship Program Enters Second Phase at Central Lakes College
Minnesota State has launched a second phase of the Access to Excellence scholarship campaign to raise $50 million for scholarships. This goal represents the most ambitious scholarship drive in the history of Minnesota State – more than double the goal of the previous scholarship drive.
At Central Lakes College, scholarships are more important than ever as nearly 65 percent of students fall below the federal poverty guideline.
During the 2015-16 academic year, the CLC Foundation awarded 644 scholarships totaling $336,100.
The announcement of a $50 million goal for Access to Excellence follows a successful two-year campaign ended in June 2015 that raised $39 million and funded 28,387 scholarships. In that campaign, every college and university foundation in the system exceeded its individual goal.
After changes to the Minnesota State Grant Program take effect this year, all Minnesota State students who benefit from the State Grant will see a decrease in net tuition. After state and Pell grants, the average tuition cost for full-time students (two terms at 15 credits per term) for the academic year 2017 will be as low as $402 at Minnesota State colleges and $775 at Minnesota State universities.