Grants and scholarships

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest Federal grant program for students. It is specifically targeted to assist 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:

Student’s class schedules must be firm at the beginning of each term.  Pell Grants cannot be increased for courses added after the 10th Day of the term.  If a late start class is dropped, the Pell Grant may be adjusted to reflect the reduction in credits even if another course of the same or greater value is added at the same time.  Only section changes for the exact course or those courses registered by the university in error will be adjusted for Pell Grant enrollment level. If students feel their Pell Grant has been reduced for either of these reasons, reinstatement may be possible.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is a grant program for the financially neediest students based on the FAFSA results. Funds are awarded to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis until the University's allocation is depleted. FSEOG funds are limited to those who have not yet received a bachelor's degree and are Pell-eligible. 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 visit 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 Office of Higher Education.

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 and graduate 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:

Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill program provides assistance to eligible Minnesota Veterans, currently serving military, National Guard and Reserve members who served after September 11, 2001 and eligible spouse and children. The Program provides a maximum benefit of $10,000, up to age 62. Eligible participants can use the benefit in Higher Education, On-the-job training (OJT)/Apprenticeship or License and Certification. This program is different than the Federal GI Bill (Montgomery, Post 9-11, Veterans Education Assistance Program, Dependents Education Assistance Program, or Vocational rehabilitation). See the MDVA page on Federal GI Bill Programs.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota resident students who are of one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need for an award. For more information on the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program and eligibility requirements, please check the following:

University grants and scholarships

Search all Metropolitan State University Scholarships

Alliss Grants: Alliss Grants are funds provided by the Charles and Ellora Alliss Education Foundation that are awarded to students who are in attendance full-time (12 or more credits) and have high financial need.  The FAFSA is the only application required for the Alliss Grant

Metropolitan State University Academic Achievement Scholarship:  This scholarship recognizes and encourages Metropolitan State University’s strongest academic students, some of whom may also have financial need.  The award is $2000 per year ($1000 per term) for fulltime enrollment, prorated for less than fulltime attendance. Applications are sought in the spring of each year for the following academic year beginning in August. 

Metropolitan State Grant:  Metropolitan State Grants are need-based and supplement other financial aid available to undergraduate students enrolled at least halftime (6cr). The grants are $400 per term for fulltime ($800 per year lifetime) and prorated for less than fulltime enrollment. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all allocated funds are depleted. The FAFSA is the only application needed for the MSU Grant.

University Gap Grant: The University recognizes that some students reach the end of their financial aid before the end of their educational journey. The University Gap Grant was created to assist students who have lost Pell Grant due to lifetime eligibility limits and are close to graduation.  Students are invited to apply when their FAFSA results indicate the loss of Pell Grant. Funds are awarded first-come, first served until depleted with priority given to those students closest to graduation.

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

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 and for applications and deadlines, visit the Scholarships page. 

New Student Scholarships:  Students may qualify for scholarships through the Metropolitan State University Admissions Office. Recipients of these scholarships are notified by mail and funds are credited to the students account during the first semester of enrollment and are used to pay off any outstanding charges for that semester. 

MetroConnect: The MetroConnect Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate transfer degree-seeking students who have been admitted Metropolitan State University.   The funds are awarded based on cumulative GPA and the number of credits transferred from a qualifying institution.

The Office of Admissions selects recipients from the pool of eligible applicants based on the following criteria. Students must:

  1. Be admitted to Metropolitan State University as an undergraduate degree-seeking student;
  2. Be in good academic standing (not on Academic or Financial Aid warning, probation or suspension status);
  3. Transfer a minimum of 16 credits with a grade point average of 3.0 or better from at least one qualifying Metro Alliance 2 Year College:
    • Inver Hills Community College
    • Normandale Community College
    • Saint Paul College
    • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
    • North Hennepin Community College
    • Century College
  4. Be registered for at least 4 credits at Metropolitan State University in first term of attendance;

Jason Carter Endowment in Science:  The Jason Carter Endowment in Science Scholarship was established to honor the memory of former student, Jason Carter, by his parents, Diana and Robert Carter, for new students in good academic standing with an intended major in Natural Sciences. The funds are awarded based on cumulative GPA and the number of credits transferred from a qualifying institution (see criteria below).

The Office of Admissions shall select recipients from the pool of eligible applicants based on the following criteria. Students must:

  1. Be admitted to Metropolitan State University as an undergraduate transfer degree-seeking student; with a major in with an intended major in Natural Sciences.
  2. Be in good academic standing (not on Academic or Financial Aid warning, probation or suspension status);
  3. Be a transfer student with a grade point average of 0 or better.
  4. Be registered for at least 4 credits at Metropolitan State University in first term of attendance;

Hammersmith-Uniacke Distinguished Science Endowed ScholarshipThis scholarship was established by Sue K. Hammersmith, Metropolitan State University’s sixth president from 2008-2014, and her husband, Allyn Uniacke. The recruitment scholarship is for students transferring into a major in the College of Sciences at the university who have financial need, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum of 16 transferable credits.  The funds are awarded based on cumulative GPA and the number of credits transferred from a qualifying institution.

The Office of Admissions shall select recipients from the pool of eligible applicants based on the following criteria. Students must:

  1. Be admitted to Metropolitan State University as an undergraduate transfer degree-seeking student; with a major in the College of Sciences (not limited to Natural Sciences) who have financial need.
  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  3. Be in good academic standing (not on Academic or Financial Aid warning, probation or suspension status);
  4. Be a transfer student with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  5. Be registered for at least 4 credits at Metropolitan State University in first term of attendance;

RCB Management Scholarship:  The RCB Recruitment Scholarship is for students who are new to Metropolitan State and intending to pursue a major in the College of Management who have financial need, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum of 16 transferable credits. The funds are awarded based on cumulative GPA and the number of credits transferred from a qualifying institution.

The Office of Admissions shall select recipients from the pool of eligible applicants based on the following criteria. Students must:

  1. Be admitted to Metropolitan State University as an undergraduate transfer degree-seeking student; intending to pursue a major in the College of Management who have financial need.
  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  3. Be in good academic standing (not on Academic or Financial Aid warning, probation or suspension status);
  4. Be a transfer student with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  5. Be registered for at least 4 credits at Metropolitan State University in first term of attendance;

Kopp Recruitment: The Kopp Recruitment Scholarship is provided through generous contributions from the Kopp Family Foundation and is available to individuals interested in studying at Metropolitan State University, who have financial need, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum of 16 transferable credits. The funds are awarded based on cumulative GPA and the number of credits transferred from a qualifying institution.

The Office of Admissions shall select recipients from the pool of eligible applicants based on the following criteria. Students must:

  1. Be admitted to Metropolitan State University as an undergraduate transfer degree-seeking student; interested in enrolling and studying at Metropolitan State University who have financial need.
  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  3. Be in good academic standing (not on Academic or Financial Aid warning, probation or suspension status);
  4. Be a transfer student with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  5. Be registered for at least 4 credits at Metropolitan State University in first term of attendance;

Recruitment Scholarship: The Recruitment Scholarship is for students who wish to transfer from another higher education institution to Metropolitan State and is available to individuals who have financial need, a minimum grade point average of 2.0, and a minimum of 16 transferable credits. The funds are awarded based on cumulative GPA and the number of credits transferred from a qualifying institution.

The Office of Admissions shall select recipients from the pool of eligible applicants based on the following criteria. Students must:

  1. Be admitted to Metropolitan State University as an undergraduate transfer degree-seeking student; interested in enrolling and studying at Metropolitan State University who have financial need.
  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  3. Be in good academic standing (not on Academic or Financial Aid warning, probation or suspension status);
  4. Be a transfer student with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  5. Be registered for at least 4 credits at Metropolitan State University in first term of attendance.