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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest Federal grant program for students. It is specifically targeted at the neediest students. The Federal Pell Grant is not a loan so it does not require repayment. The amount of the Federal Pell Grant award varies by enrollment level - full time, three-quarter time, half time and less than half time.  Pell Grants are limited to students who have not yet received a bachelor's degree or have not received the Pell Grant for 12 fulltime semesters or its equivalent.  The FAFSA is the application for the Pell Grant.

For more information about Federal Grants, visit the U.S. Department of Education's Student Financial Assistance web site.

Pell Grant Census Date:

The amount of the Federal Pell Grant a student will receive in a term is based on a studentís registration on the end of a given period called the census date. This is typically the 16th calendar day of the term.
A studentís Pell Grant will not be automatically adjusted for additional course registrations that take place after the census date.

How to Appeal:
If you register or modify your course schedule after the Pell census date, you may appeal to have your Pell Grant eligibility reviewed.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is a grant program for the very neediest students. Funds are awarded to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis until the Universityís allocation is depleted. FSEOG funds are limited to those who have not yet received a bachelor's degree.  The FAFSA is the application for SEOG funding but applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds do run out.

For more information about Federal Grants, visit the U.S. Department of Education's Student Financial Assistance web site.

Federal TEACH Grant
The TEACH grant provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families.

If a student does not complete the service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds are converted into an interest bearing Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
A  cumulative GPA of 3.25 is required and students must complete an in-person TEACH Grant counseling session with a Financial Aid Advisor on the Saint Paul campus.  A separate application is required for the TEACH Grant.

For more information about the TEACH Grant, please check the Federal Student Aid web site or view the documents listed below.

Minnesota State Grant
The Minnesota State Grant program is the largest grant program to students administered by the State.   Minnesota State Grants are similar to Pell Grants insomuch as there is no requirement for repayment.  The grant is available to Minnesota resident undergraduate students who have not yet completed 8 fulltime semesters  (or its equivalent) in post-secondary education. The FAFSA is the application for the Minnesota State Grant.

For more information on Minnesota State Grant Programs and eligibility requirements, please check the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office web site.

Minnesota Post-Secondary Child Care Grant
The Child Care Grant program provides grant funds to students who need assistance with child care expenses while attending school. The grant is available to Minnesota resident undergraduate students who have not completed 8 fulltime semesters (or its equivalent) enrollment in post-secondary education. The Child Care Grant program requires a separate application.

For more information on Minnesota State Grant Programs and eligibility requirements, please check the following:

Call the Gateway Student Services office at 651-793-1300 or TTY 651-772-7687, for more information.

University Grants

Alliss Grants: Alliss Grants are funds provided by the Charles and Ellora Alliss Education Foundation that are awarded to juniors and seniors who are in attendance full-time (12 or more credits) with cumulative grade point averages of 2.75 or better and who meet the criteria for eligibility for the FSEOG. Students may receive either the Alliss Grant or the FSEOG but not both.

Departmental Scholarships: Several of Metropolitan State University's academic divisions, such as the School of Nursing, the Urban Teacher Program, the School of Social Work, etc. have their own scholarship funds that they make available to students. For a complete list of departmental scholarships, visit the Scholarships link.

Foundation Scholarships: The Metropolitan State University Foundation supports several scholarship programs for students. Applications are required for these programs. To review the available scholarship opportunities from the Foundation, visit the Scholarships link.

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