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Published January 11, 2012, 07:01 PM

Students question where the state's education grant money is going

(WDAY TV) -- In Minnesota, a similar battle for funds is underway. Some students say too much of the state's education grant money is heading to "for-profit" schools.

(WDAY TV) -- In Minnesota, a similar battle for funds is underway. Some students say too much of the state's education grant money is heading to "for-profit" schools.

"I looked for the cheapest school I could get a good education at"

For Sarah Danielson that School was MSU Moorhead. Now she working with a group of other students that is concerned about the increasing amount of state grant money that is going to students at for profit schools.

Sarah: “Especially if this Pell Grant cut goes through we're going to need the extra state funding.”

The for profit schools such as Rasmussen College say that it it should be up to the students and their choice of schools as to where the money goes.

Betty Largent (Rasmussen FM Campus Director): “Because the money does not go to the school. The money goes to the student so I think what we have to look at are we looking at the student success for education or are we looking at what the college is receiving.”

And at the Minnesota School of Business they say there is another funding inequity that gets overlooked in the grant debate.

Mark Steege (Minnesota School of Business): “The provide more funding to students that are in a bachelors program. We are more of a career college where we have a lot of associate degrees and such. People who are not earning bachelors degrees so those people are actually receiving less funds than somebody who would be in a bachelors program.”

because the 2 year programs do get funded less it's hard to draw and even comparison but the average grant a student at a for profit school is nearly 1100 dollars per year

Whille a MNSCU school like MSUM the average is just over $1300

The state grant program for a 4 year degree not only looks at income but at the tuition of the the school. Here's what a 4 degree like accounting would cost in tuition alone at each school.

Tuition at MUSM is just over 26,000

At the Minnesota School of Business its just over 78,000

and at Rasmussen College it just over 63,000

and it's these differences that have Sara Danielson concerned.

Sarah: “Public School should get more of it because they're more in need than a private school in my opinion.”

Students from MSUM plan to lobby the legislature to set a aside a specific percentage of grant money for the MN-SCU system.

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