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 10 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:

Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship

The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship provides financial assistance to racial or ethnic minority union members and their families who wish to pursue postsecondary education at one of Minnesota's state universities or at one of the two-year community and technical colleges that are part of the Minnesota State. Those attending the University of Minnesota or a private school are not eligible for this scholarship.

University grants and scholarships

Foundation Scholarships: The Metropolitan State University Foundation supports several scholarship programs for students. Applications are required for these programs and are available for a limited application period. To review the available scholarship opportunities from the Foundation and for applications and deadlines, visit Scholarships.

Twin City Adult Education Alliance (TCAEA) Scholarship Opportunity:
This scholarship is sponsored by TCAEA and Metropolitan State is a member of the TCAEA. As a member school all of our students and prospective students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
It is a simple application. Scholarship amounts typically range from $200-$250 You can reapply twice per year using the same essay/application. The TCAEA Spring Scholarship deadline is Jan. 3, 2020.

TCAEA Scholarship link http://www.tcaea.org/adult-students/scholarship-information/scholarship-application/