List of Available Grants and Scholarships:
- College Success Program Scholarship Application for Metropolitan State University
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Jason Carter Endowment Science Scholarship
- Minnesota Future Together Grant
- Minnesota State Grant
- Minnesota Post-Secondary Child Care Grant
- Minnesota GI Bill®
- Minnesota Indian Scholarship
- Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship
- North Star Promise Scholarship program
- Page Grant
- TEACH Grant
- University grants and scholarships
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.
- Jason Carter Science Scholarship Application
- Due by July 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term
Minnesota Future Together Grant
This program is designed to provide eligible Minnesota residents a tuition-free pathway for earning a certificate, diploma, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in high-need careers. Funding comes from the State of Minnesota and is awarded to eligible students after grants and scholarships have been paid.
High-Need Careers' Eligible Educational Programs may include:
Healthcare: nursing, medical assisting, surgical technicians, healthcare social workers, EMTs, paramedics, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and substance abuse and mental health counselors.
STEM: software development, software analysts, engineers, web developers, statisticians, and agricultural workers.
Business: accounting, financial management, auditors, human resource managers, bankers, and project managers.
Industry and Technology: machine tool technologists, operations managers, HVAC technicians, front line supervisors, plumbers, construction managers, electricians/electrical line workers, heavy duty mechanics, welders, automotive service technicians, and auto body technicians.
Education: early childhood educators, childcare workers, school counselors and social workers.
Public service: law enforcement officers, probation officers, firefighters, and public administration.
Have a Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)* reported on FAFSA or MN Dream Act Application of less than $50,000
Have a Family AGI* reported on FAFSA or State Aid Application of less than $100,000 and have worked in a critical industry listed in Executive Order 20-74 at least part-time between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021; OR received unemployment benefits between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 (submit documentation required to verify this information here: https://link.mnsu.edu/upload).
*Family AGI for a dependent student includes parent and student AGI and for an independent student it includes student and spouse AGI.
**More information on critical industries.
OTHER ELIGIBILITY FACTORS
Have first enrolled during the 2021-22 or 2022-23 school year OR you are returning to college and have not been enrolled at any college in the last three semesters
Meet Office of Higher Education's Minnesota residency criteria
Not have already earned a baccalaureate degree
Not in default on a state or federal student loan
Not on a Satisfactory Academic Progress/Financial Aid suspension
Student eligibility for the grant will be determined every semester, starting with the Spring 2022 semester. You will need to fill out the FAFSA (https://studentaid.gov) each year. A student who receives a grant one semester is not guaranteed to receive funding for the next semester. Eligibility is subject to the availability of funds and any changes in your enrollment, FAFSA, or other financial aid may change the amount you receive each semester.
Additional details can be found at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/sPages/FTG.cfm. If you believe you may be eligible, please us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, to inquire.
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 Office of Higher Education
- Note: The following form is not accessible. If you need help filling out the form, contact Gateway Student Services
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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
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.
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.
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.
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.