Types of Financial Aid

CSB and SJU Grants

Each college offers grants to qualified students. Eligibility for these funds is based on documented financial need.

Minnesota Grant Program

This program is available to all Minnesota residents with eligibility based on financial need as defined by the state. The state requires students to enroll for 15 credits per semester to be considered full time.

Federal Pell Grants

This federal grant is available to all U.S. citizens and certain categories of noncitizens who have not earned a bachelor's degree. Eligibility is based on documented financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are provided to U.S. citizens and certain categories of noncitizens with exceptional financial need who show academic promise.

Federal ACG Grant (Academic Competitiveness Grant)

This federal grant is available to Pell Grant recipients who have completed a rigorous course of study (defined by the federal government) during high school. First year students who meet these criteria are eligible for the grant; second year students are eligible provided they have a 3.0 college GPA after completion of their first year.

Federal SMART Grant (Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant)

This federal grant is available to Pell Grant recipients in their third and fourth years of study who are majoring in specific government defined areas of math or science. Majors covered under this program at CSB and SJU include: computer science, pre-engineering, biology, biochemistry, mathematics, chemistry,  physics, applied physics, nutrition science and natural science. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain this grant.

Student Employment

Approximately 1,150 part-time jobs are available on each campus, with a limited number of jobs also available off campus in non-profit organizations. Student employment is awarded on the same basis as other types of financial aid; that is, documented financial need and satisfactory academic standing. Students normally work five to 10 hours per week and generally earn from $1,500 to $2,900 a year. Wages for student employment are paid from federal work-study, institutional or state of Minnesota funds. Students may use their earnings to pay for tuition, room and board costs or for personal expenses.