Minnesota Future Together Grant

This program is designed to provide eligible Minnesota residents a tuition-free pathway for earning a certificate, diploma, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in high-need careers. Funding comes from the State of Minnesota and is awarded to eligible students after grants and scholarships have been paid.

High-need Eligible Educational Programs may include:

  • Healthcare: nursing, medical assisting, surgical technicians, healthcare social workers, EMTs, paramedics, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and substance abuse and mental health counselors.
  • STEM: software development, software analysts, engineers, web developers, statisticians, and agricultural workers.
  • Business: accounting, financial management, auditors, human resource managers, bankers, and project managers.
  • Industry and Technology: machine tool technologists, operations managers, HVAC technicians, front line supervisors, plumbers, construction managers, electricians/electrical line workers, heavy duty mechanics, welders, automotive service technicians, and auto body technicians.
  • Education: early childhood educators, childcare workers, school counselors and social workers
  • Public service: law enforcement officers, probation officers, firefighters, and public administration

Income Eligibility

  • Have a Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)* reported on FAFSA or MN Dream Act Application of less than $50,000
  • Have a Family AGI* reported on FAFSA or State Aid Application of less than $100,000 and have worked in a critical industry listed in Executive Order 20-74 at least part-time between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021; OR received unemployment benefits between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 (submit documentation required to verify this information here: https://link.mnsu.edu/upload).

*Family AGI for a dependent student includes parent and student AGI and for an independent student it includes student and spouse AGI.

**More information on critical industries.

Other Eligibility Factors

  • You first enrolled during the 2021-22 or 2022-23 school year OR you are returning to college and have not been enrolled at any college in the last three semesters
  • Meet the Minnesota residency criteria
  • Not have already earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Not in default on a state or federal student loan
  • Not on a Satisfactory Academic Progress/Financial Aid suspension
  • Student eligibility for the grant will be determined every semester, starting with the Spring 2022 semester. You will need to fill out the FAFSA (https://studentaid.gov) each year. A student who receives a grant one semester is not guaranteed to receive funding for the next semester. Eligibility is subject to the availability of funds and any changes in your enrollment, FAFSA, or other financial aid may change the amount you receive each semester.
  • Details can be found at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/sPages/FTG.cfm

If you are eligible for a Minnesota Future Together Grant, the Campus Hub (campushub@mnsu.edu) will email you with an award amount or additional questions to determine your eligibility.

If you do not receive this communication from the Campus Hub but believe that you are eligible, please send us an email at campushub@mnsu.edu to review your file.