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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Each year, more than a dozen incoming first-year students receive Freshman Talent Grants of $1,000 for the year; in addition, the Department often awards Transfer Talent Grants to incoming transfer students. Auditions are held in February-March of the year before students come to Minnesota State Mankato. Find out more about Talent Grants. In subsequent years, students may apply for a slate of scholarships for returning students. For greater detail in how to apply for admission and to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs, click here.

In March, current students may apply for 15 endowed scholarships for the upcoming year. In part, scholarships are awarded based on contributions made to the Department in production and performance positions, as well as class work. All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in a minimum of three Mainstage productions the following year. View our Scholarship History. For more information about creating or donating to a scholarship fun, contact Paul J. Hustoles, chair, at 507-389-2118.


All of the MFA graduate students in the Department of Theatre and Dance are awarded graduate assistantships (these monies are not available for MA candidates). The department annually funds up to 15 positions with salaries of $9,000.  All graduate assistants must be full-time graduate students. Graduate assistants receive a tuition stipend for 75 percent of enrolled graduate credits per semester (up to 9) and qualify for in-state tuition

Graduate Assistantships present students with opportunities to learn the life of real theatre. Assistants teach Acting for Everyone, assist with Introduction to Theatre, technical theatre (scene shop, properties, costume shop, and wardrobe) and management (public relations and recruiting). Assistantships may be split between teaching and technical roles.

Other assistantships are available from Student Affairs, the Memorial Library, and the Residential Life offices of the University. Equal Opportunity & Title IX graduate assistantships are available for American ethnic minority students. A listing of available graduate assistantships is maintained at the Career Development and Counseling Center. Assistantship applications are available from the College of Graduate Studies and Research office or the Career Development and Counseling Center. Completed applications are submitted directly to the department or office offering the assistantship.

For information about other forms of financial aid, contact:

Student Financial Services

Minnesota State University, Mankato
120 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-1866