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Grants and scholarships

List of Available Grants and Scholarships:

Americorps National School of Service tuition discount program

Metro State is proud to be recognized as an Americorps National School of Service! Metro State students who have completed an Americorps term of service are eligible to receive a 20% discount on tuition when they enroll in any of the four Public and Nonprofit Leadership graduate programs: Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA) or Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM).

Be sure to include your AmeriCorps service on your application for admission. This discount is available to 10 new students each year and applies to the forty credits required to receive your degree.

College Success Program Scholarship Application for Metropolitan State University

This scholarship is for students that participated in a College Success Program such as Power of YOU, IMPACT, TRIO or NCCC and graduated from a Minnesota State community college and who are seeking a bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University. Once a student is ready to transfer to Metropolitan State, they can apply for a $750 scholarship for their first term. The scholarship can assist with tuition, fees, books or other expenses. Students must be registered for 9 credits in their first term. 
Applications are due by July 1 for the Fall Term and December 1 for the Spring Term.

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 website.

Pell Grant Appeal Form (PDF)

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 Student Financial Assistance website.

Jason Carter Endowment Science Scholarship

The Jason Carter Endowment Science Scholarship is in memory of Jason Carter, a Metro State Natural Sciences student. His parents, Diana and Robert Carter, and the Carter Family Foundation worked with the University Foundation to provide a generous endowment and now a first term $1,000 scholarship for Metro State biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and environmental science students. Apply using the bulleted application link below. Applications are due by July 1 for the Fall term and December 1 for the Spring Term. Further requirement details are found on the application form.

Minnesota American Indian Scholars Program

Students eligible for this scholarship must be:

  • Minnesotans eligible for resident tuition who are enrolled members or citizens of any federally recognized tribe or Canadian First Nation
  • Students not eligible for resident tuition who are enrolled members or citizens of a Minnesota Tribal Nation are also eligible

This program provides a first-dollar tuition and fee-free pathway for eligible students. This means your tuition and fees will be paid with the American Indian Scholars Program. However, because Metro State receives a limited allocation from the MN Office of Higher Education, this funding may not be available for every term or you may not receive full coverage for all terms. Apply by completing our scholarship application form.

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.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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.

Page Grant

For more than 30 years, the Page Education Foundation has awarded annual, renewable 
scholarships to students of color who are pursuing a post-secondary education in 
Minnesota. Page Grants range from $1,000-$2,500 and can be applied to pay for tuition 
at any accredited Minnesota college or university. Students who accept a Page Grant 
make a commitment to volunteer and tutor younger children of color in grades K-8th 
during the academic year they are awarded the grant.

Paulette Jones Cybersecurity Graduate Student Scholarship

This $1,250 scholarship is sponsored by ECMC Group, a nonprofit corporation focused on helping students succeed. They created this scholarship with the goal of supporting students in Cybersecurity careers with the hope of bringing more women to this field. This scholarship is for graduate students enrolling in their first term and taking at least 6 credits in the Cyber Operations MS program. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and be admitted to the program. Applications are due by July 30 for the fall term.


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 website or view the documents listed below.

UNCF 3M Science. Applied to Life. Scholarship.

The UNCF 3M Science. Applied to Life. Scholarship program was established to provide need-based scholarship support to underrepresented high school seniors and current first-year college students from Saint Paul Public Schools, local Charter Schools serving Saint Paul students, or the North Saint Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District. Successful applicants must be interested in pursuing a STEM degree, or already enrolled in a STEM degree program as a full-time student at a U.S. based four-year college or university. Preference will be given to students attending HBCUs

Deadline: May 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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Eligible students must:

  • Must be a high school senior or current first year college student from:
  • Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Charter schools serving Saint Paul students
  • North Saint Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of any race or ethnicity.
  • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  • Have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by your college or university.
  • Be planning to enroll full-time or already enrolled at an accredited U.S. based four-year college or university as a freshman.
  • Be interested in pursuing or already pursuing a STEM degree.

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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.