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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.

1.     Thank you for continuing to invest in the Minnesota State Grant program. This support helps nearly 100,000 students attain education past high school (where 85% of the job growth is occurring, per a recent Georgetown study), especially those that might not otherwise be able to afford it. State grant funds go to the students that need it the most—86% of recipients’ families earn less than $60,000 a year (Minnesota Office of Higher Education). The State Grant program also allows for students to choose from a variety of programs that will best fit their academic and career needs.

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.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone further, please contact our Government Relations Co-Chairs: 
Laura Ritter, Robbinsdale Cooper High School
, (763)504-8521

Day on the Hill

TBD, 2017
Day on the Hill is a MACAC event dedicated to educating attendees about MACACs legislative priorities for the year, especially as they pertain to college access and affordability and any pertinent legislation
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Did you know?
  • There are 435 members in the U.S. House of Representatives serving 2-year terms.
  • There are 100 members in the U.S. Senate serving 6-year terms.
  • Senate terms are staggered, so every two years, nearly one-third of the Senate is up for reelection.
  • It is because of this two-year turnover that every two-years is considered a Congress.
  • Each year of a two-year Congress is considered a session.
  • We are entering the first session of the 115th U. S. Congress, which will commence on January, 2015.
  • There are 134 members in the Minnesota House of Representatives serving 2-year terms.
  • There are 67 members in the Minnesota Senate serving 2- or 4-year terms, depending on when they were elected relative to the U.S. census.
  • They meet between January and the third Monday of May each year.

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