The state of Minnesota is located in the midwestern part of the United States. It is the most northern state in the continental U.S. As of 2012, its population was 5,379,139 with about 66.6 people for every square mile. The largest city in the state is Minneapolis with 387,753 people, followed by its neighboring city St. Paul with 288,448 people. St. Paul is also the capital of Minnesota. The state is home to about 15,000 lakes that cover almost 5,000 square miles of fresh water. Its geography also includes rolling prairies and forests. Minnesota is known for its thriving broad economy, and it is a major producer of iron, timber, and various crops. The cost of living in Minnesota is slightly above the national average of 100, coming in at 104. Minnesota is praised for its high standard of living and quality education.
Minnesota’s Outlook for Security
As of May 2012, the state of Minnesota employed about 11,200 security guards. The mean salary in the state was $28,060 or $13.49 by the hour. In general, the job growth of security guards is expected to rise as fast as average for all careers, increasing 19 percent by 2020. Population growth and increased concern about criminal activity in Minnesota will drive the need for security guards are related workers. The best job prospects will be for security guards with related work experience and professional training.
Minnesota Financial Aid
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education governs the financial aid in Minnesota. The state offers a variety of grants and scholarships as well as work-study options. The Minnesota State Grant provides assistance to students from low and moderate income households. Students must be enrolled in at least three credits at around 130 eligible colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota. The award is up to $10,450 for private schools and $6,650 for public schools. The Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to students who are at least one-fourth from Indian ancestry. Students must be residents of Minnesota and demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate students must enroll at least ¾ time and graduates at least ½ time at an accredited institution in Minnesota. The award amount is up to $4,000 for undergraduate students and $6,000 for graduate students. All students must submit the FAFSA to qualify for any type of financial aid offered by the state of Minnesota.