Types of Financial Aid

CSB and SJU Grants

Each college offers need-based institutional grants to qualified students. Eligibility is determined annually based on a review of the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Minnesota State Grant Program

The Minnesota State Grant is a need-based program available to  eligible Minnesota residents. Eligibility is based on an aid applicant's FAFSA results and awarding parameters defined by the state. The state requires students to enroll for 15 credits per semester to be considered full-time and receive maximum State Grant funding.  Enrollment of less than 15 credits will result in proration of any State Grant eligibility.

Federal Pell Grants

The Federal Pell Grant is targeted at undergraduate students from low-income, high-need families. Eligibility is determined annually based on the federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA. The amount of Pell Grant funds a student may receive is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of funding.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are awarded to U.S. citizens with exceptional financial need.

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 - documented financial need and satisfactory academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA). Students normally work 10-12 hours per week and generally may earn up to $3,500 per 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.