As a state-wide organization of education professionals who work with students transitioning to postsecondary education, the Minnesota Association for College Admissions Counseling (MACAC) supports legislation promoting access to and affordability of postsecondary education for all Minnesota students. Not only is access to postsecondary education critical for individual students, but the health of Minnesota’s economy depends on having students who are educated and trained for jobs that are open now and will be in the future.
Governor Dayton’s proposed budget increases the tuition cap for the State Grant to $13,620, permanently ties the living expenses allowances to the Federal poverty rate of $8,790(currently set at $7900) and allows for a change to the State Grant qualifying formula which would make the MN State Grant available to 12,000 more students and help middle class families manage college costs. We support all of these goals to improve the MN State Grant program.2. We continue to advocate for school counselors and the need to improve the student-to-counselor ratios in the state—we continue to be third worst in the country with an average of 766 students per counselor. The national average is 470:1 and recommended average is 250 students per counselor. The World’s Best Workforce will not be attained if we cannot first focus on guiding students to postsecondary programs that fit their college and career needs. We support HF605(Authors Newton, Bly, Moran, Isaacson, Hausman and others) which calls for adequate school counseling services for 2016-17 school year. The bill is in need of a Senate companion bill.
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