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Getting by with a little help ... from grandma

By Kari VanDerVeen
August 23, 2010

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Student Financial Aid Kathy Ruby spoke with Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune about a new survey that shows students are increasingly turning to their grandparents and other relatives to help pay for college.

More grandparents are calling St. Olaf and offering to make payments on their grandchildren’s tuition, Ruby tells MPR. Yet it’s hard to know for sure how many grandparents are offering financial support because, as she tells the Star Tribune, very few students report relatives’ contributions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Contact Kari VanDerVeen at 507-786-3970 or