Frequently Asked Questions

Day at the Capitol Frequently Asked Questions

Day at the Capitol is Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What is the MN State Grant Program?
The State Grant Program provides need-based aid to MN students attending college. Students can use the money at a college of their choice within the state. Last year, over 900 CSS students, one third of undergraduates at St. Scholastica, received a State Grant. Aid is targeted to low- and middle-income families: 96 percent of state grant recipients have household incomes of $70,000 or less, and 75 percent have household incomes less than $40,000. The State Grant Program is built on the principle that students, parents, and federal and state taxpayers all have an interest - and a role - in helping our citizens attend the college that best meets their needs.

Where/when should I check in?
Meet the group in the Storms Den Foyer at 7 a.m. to pick up your breakfast. Buses will leave from the Mitchell parking lot.

When will we get back?
We'll get back to campus before 4 p.m.

What should I wear?
Please dress business professional.  We will have customized CSS name tags so everyone will know we are one big delegation!

What should I bring?
Bring a pen! All other materials, including your appointment schedule, will be provided in an information packet when you arrive.

Will there be any training before we get there?
YES! Student Senate will coordinate two training sessions prior to Day at the Capitol.  They will be held on Monday, February 20,  at 8 p.m. 5 and Tuesday, February 20, at 11 a.m.  All training materials will be provided! There will also be brief training on the bus on the way down to the Capitol, as well as a group session once we arrive at the Capitol that will help clarify how to converse with your legislators. By the time you get to your meetings, you'll be well prepared.

How do I find out who my legislators are?
There are several ways you can do this. One way is to go to:  www.gis.leg.mn/mapserver/districts/index.html and type in your home address. You will be meeting with your State Representative and/or your State Senator. Click on the links to find out more about them. In some cases, students may be scheduled to meet with the State Representative and/or Senator who represent their local address. You can find these legislators by following the same process. You can also look up this information at the training session. Finally, you will receive this information in your folder when you arrive at the Capitol and get your schedule.

What should I tell my legislators?
Meetings with legislators will last approximately 15 minutes each. The most important thing you can tell your legislators is that their support for the State Grant Program is vital to more than 900 St. Scholastica students. It might be you, or it might be a friend. Tell your Senator and Representative your story - why it's important for you to attend college at St. Scholastica. If you're a State Grant recipient, let them know that it would be more difficult financially to attend college without it. If you don't receive the grant, let them know that your college experience would not be the same without these students on our campus. Furthermore, their support is vital for ensuring that Minnesota's workforce has educated and qualified workers in the years to come. This will be important for our economy as baby boomers retire and fewer students are graduating from high school.

What should I do when I'm not meeting with legislators?
Feel free to explore the Capitol! You'll also be able to eat lunch with your friends. More information about the events and opportunities at the Capitol will be provided when we get there.

What if I have alternate transportation?
Be sure to e-mail rfoss1@css.edu if you do NOT plan to ride the coach buses to and/or from the Capitol. It's important for us to have an accurate headcount. Meet the CSS group on the Capitol steps at 10 a.m. for a photo.

More questions?
Contact Rachael Foss, Student Senate's 2016-2017 Chair of the External/Legislative Affairs Committee (rfiss1@css.edu) or Janet Rosen, Associate Vice President for College Advancement (jrosen@css.edu or 218/723-6072), for more information.