To the editor:
As Congress negotiates the budget, college students around the country are concerned that their future is in jeopardy with proposed cuts to the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant makes it possible for more than 145,000 Minnesota college students to enroll in college and pursue a better life. This is a time when we need to prioritize higher education in Minnesota. A Georgetown University study found that the Minnesota economy will need 70 percent of the workforce to have a higher education degree by 2017. Currently, Minnesota has about 40 percent.
Many students receiving Pell Grants are non-traditional students laid off during the economic crisis and in need of further job training. The future success of Minnesota depends on the advancement of higher education.
Student Body President
Southwest Minnesota State University