Each college offers need-based grants to qualified students. Eligibility is determined annually and is based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Minnesota State Grant is a need-based program available to eligible Minnesota residents. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need as defined by the state and an applicant's FAFSA results. The state requires students to enroll for 15 credits per semester to be considered full-time and receive maximum Grant funding. Enrollment of less than 15 credits will result in proration of any Minnesota Grant eligibility.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 are awarded to U.S. citizens and certain categories of noncitizens with exceptional financial need.
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 - documented financial need and satisfactory academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA). Students normally work 5 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 funding. Students may use their earnings to pay for tuition, room and board costs or personal expenses.