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Commissioner Pogemiller to meet with Mankato area college students


Student round table scheduled for Monday

Contact: Sandy Connolly, Director of Communications
Office of Higher Education
(651) 259-3902

St. Paul, MN - Monday, March 20, higher education commissioner Larry Pogemiller will be in N. Mankato to meet with students from four area colleges to discuss Governor Dayton's budget proposal for higher education.

Governor Dayton's Opportunity Agenda would invest $318 million to directly reduce higher education costs for Minnesota students and families and improve opportunities on campus.

Central to the Governor's proposed 2017 Higher Education bill is a significant investment in the Minnesota State Grant program. Currently, over 5,000 Minnesota students at one of the four colleges participating in the round table receive a State Grant to help them cover their educational expenses and living costs, as well as decrease their need to borrow. If the Governor's proposal is enacted, another 265 students at these colleges will become eligible for a State Grant.

In addition, Governor Dayton's bonding bill includes funding for projects at both S. Central College and Minnesota State University, Mankato.

What:Student Round Table
Who:Larry Pogemiller, Commissioner, MN Office of Higher Education
Students from:S. Central College, Minnesota State Mankato, Gustavus Adolphus College and Bethany Lutheran
When:Monday, March 20, 11:00 a.m.
Where: South Central College
1920 Lee Blvd
N. Mankato
President's Conference Room

For more information, contact Sandy Connolly at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 651-259-3902, cell phone 651-341-6617 or by email at

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