Dreamers can dream at SCSU
Sunday, August 11, 2013
St. Cloud State is poised to embrace students who want to earn a college degree via the new Prosperity Act.
Better known as the Minnesota Dream Act, the law allows students, without regard to immigration status, to apply for educational benefits such as:
- In-state resident tuition at public universities and colleges. At St. Cloud State that would result in a tuition-and-fees savings of about $7,600 for the 2013-14 school year.
- State financial aid for those who meet state residency requirements. The Legislature has invested an additional $46 million in state grants that will result in an average award of $1,740 per student.
- Privately funded financial aid. View St. Cloud State’s Scholarship Search.
Eligibility criteria for Minnesota Dream Act benefits include:
- Attend a Minnesota high school for at least three years
- Graduate from a Minnesota high school or earn a state General Educational Development diploma
- Register with the U.S. Selective Service (applies to males 18 to 25 years old)
In addition, students who qualify for Minnesota Dream Act benefits can apply for the state Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program, which helps pay child care expenses for low-income students who are parents.
Located opposite one of the campus’ largest parking lots, Lindgren Child Care Center is a leading actor in St. Cloud State’s Young Student Parent Support Initiative, a campus collaborative that helps parenting students achieve their higher education goals while maintaining the well-being of themselves and their children.
The Minnesota Dream Act was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton in May. It took effect July 1. For details about the law, visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's Minnesota Dream Act page.
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, St. Cloud State undergraduate tuition is frozen for two years. Learn more about a highly affordable St. Cloud State education.
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