Minnesota State Financial Aid: Grants & Scholarships

First, File FAFSA®

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA®, is the first step to receiving financial aid to pay for college in Minnesota. This application determines student eligibility for federal loans, grants like the Pell grant, work-study programs, and even some scholarships. 

Apply for Minnesota State Financial Aid 

The state of Minnesota offers a variety of grants and scholarships to help deserving students within the state find the extra money they need to pay for their college education.

Minnesota State Grant

This need-based grant was created for low-income students to help supplement the cost of college. To be eligible, students must be high school graduates and be enrolled in a participating college within the state. TO apply, students must file the FAFSA® application.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship

This scholarship was created to help the Native American students of Minnesota afford college. To be eligible, students must be residents of Minnesota and be at least ¼ Native American. These students are eligible to receive $4,000 as undergraduate students and $6,000 as graduate students. 

To apply, students must file the FAFSA® and fill out an additional application. 

Minnesota Child Care Grant

This grant program was created to help low-income students pay for child care while they attend college. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6-credit hours per semester at an accredited college or university in Minnesota. 

The maximum award amount is $6,500 per eligible child per academic year. The amount of the award cannot exceed 40 hours of childcare per week per eligible child.