Federal Funding Cuts Impacting Minneapolis College Students and Staff

Federal Student Aid
12/8/17

Federal Funding Cuts Impacting Minneapolis College Students and Staff

Minneapolis College has received notification that federal funding for several of its longstanding student support programs will be discontinued.

The U.S. Department of Education offers a number of student financial aid programs. More than $120 billion is awarded each year in grants, work-study funds and loans to more than 13 million students. This helps college students across the country pay for tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation and dependent care.

For these programs to be available to Minneapolis College students, staff submit grant applications according to regularly scheduled review cycles. When awarded, these grants are available for Minneapolis College's students to apply for eligibility.

Following many years of Minneapolis College providing its students with support through TRIO Education Talent Search (ETS), Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) and Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) programs, Minneapolis College's federal funding is being discontinued.

Aside from the students being impacted by the cuts, these funding decisions are also leading to several staff positions at Minneapolis College being eliminated.

"We regret losing these valuable employees who have worked so hard on behalf of students," Minneapolis College's president Dr. Sharon Pierce said. "We remain committed to finding alternative funding sources to decrease our reliance on federal funds. It is critical that we continue to be able to sustain such valuable student support programs regardless of the political climate."

A celebration honoring the work of Minneapolis College's TRIO Talent Search and TRIO Veterans Upward Bound will be December 11. For details, please contact Becky Nordin, Dean of Students, at (612) 659-6712.

For additional information about these programs or the cuts being made, please visit the following pages: