Minnesota State Grant

The annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the federal processing center by June 30 of the school year in question.  For example for school year 2023-2024, the deadline is June 30, 2024 and for school year 2024-2025, the deadline is June 30, 2025.

Applications received at the federal processing center after June 30 of the school year in question will not receive State Grant funding for that school year. Apply on-line now, if you have not already done so, at https://studentaid.gov.

The Minnesota State Grant provides undergraduate students, who demonstrate financial need, with assistance in meeting the cost of attendance at eligible Minnesota public and private post-secondary institutions. It is funded through the MN Office of Higher Education. Program funds are allocated to MOHE by the State Legislature. The Minnesota State Grant is money that does not have to be repaid.

Important: The Minnesota State Grant complies with both Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAPS) criteria as well as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


What are the requirements of the Minnesota State Grant?

Students must meet Minnesota Resident criteria as defined by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The most common criteria are: dependent students must have graduated from a Minnesota high school, and independent students must have resided in Minnesota for 12 months prior to becoming a post secondary student. Students who have been granted reciprocity from another state do not qualify for the Minnesota State Grant.  More information on eligibility and the State Grant program is available through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education

What is the application process to receive a Minnesota State Grant?

To apply for a Minnesota State Grant you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Eligibility for the Minnesota State Grant is based upon Federal Pell Grant eligibility and the results of your FAFSA. Complete the FAFSA online at https://studentaid.gov.