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Grants

Grants are need-based funds that you never have to pay back. Amounts can change from year to year, so make sure you’re completing the FAFSA or MN Dream Act each year.

Grant Programs

  • Federal Grant Programs
  • State Grant Programs
  • MN Dream Act
  • Grants from Other States
  • Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who demonstrate exceptional financial need. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Federal Pell Grant awards range from $652 to $6,095.

    Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) funding is limited and students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA by our priority date of April 1 each year in order to be considered for these funds. FSEOG funding can range from $250 to $4,000 annually. Preference for FSEOG funding is given to students who are Pell Grant recipients with an EFC = 0.

    The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant program provides awards to the children of a parent or guardian who served in the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of September 11, 2001. To qualify, the student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have been younger than 23 or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.

    Minnesota State Grants (MSG) are available to students who have a qualifying EFC based on their FAFSA results and are either a resident of the state of Minnesota or graduated from a Minnesota high school.

    Eligible students may be considered for MSG funding during their first eight semesters of post-secondary education.

    In addition, to qualify for MSG for a particular term, a student must have completed a FAFSA application prior to the 30th day of that term. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for specific deadlines that may apply to this program.

    For the 2018-2019 academic year, MSG awards range from $50 to $12,330.

    **Note: Be advised that MSG funding levels are subject to change based on appropriations approved in the higher education bill by the state legislature and the governor.

    The Minnesota Prosperity/Dream Act allows undocumented students who are residents of Minnesota to be eligible for state financial aid and grant programs.
    Students from states other than Minnesota are encouraged to research any home state grant programs that can be used in another state. While many states limit the use of state funds to colleges or universities located in that state, some states provide “portable” funds that can be used in Minnesota.

    Federal Grant Programs

    Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who demonstrate exceptional financial need. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Federal Pell Grant awards range from $652 to $6,095.

    Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) funding is limited and students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA by our priority date of April 1 each year in order to be considered for these funds. FSEOG funding can range from $250 to $4,000 annually. Preference for FSEOG funding is given to students who are Pell Grant recipients with an EFC = 0.

    The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant program provides awards to the children of a parent or guardian who served in the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of September 11, 2001. To qualify, the student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have been younger than 23 or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.

    State Grant Programs

    Minnesota State Grants (MSG) are available to students who have a qualifying EFC based on their FAFSA results and are either a resident of the state of Minnesota or graduated from a Minnesota high school.

    Eligible students may be considered for MSG funding during their first eight semesters of post-secondary education.

    In addition, to qualify for MSG for a particular term, a student must have completed a FAFSA application prior to the 30th day of that term. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for specific deadlines that may apply to this program.

    For the 2018-2019 academic year, MSG awards range from $50 to $12,330.

    **Note: Be advised that MSG funding levels are subject to change based on appropriations approved in the higher education bill by the state legislature and the governor.

    MN Dream Act

    The Minnesota Prosperity/Dream Act allows undocumented students who are residents of Minnesota to be eligible for state financial aid and grant programs.

    Grants from Other States

    Students from states other than Minnesota are encouraged to research any home state grant programs that can be used in another state. While many states limit the use of state funds to colleges or universities located in that state, some states provide “portable” funds that can be used in Minnesota.

    FAFSA and MN Dream Act

    Anyone applying for need-based aid needs to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the MN Dream Act, and we can help with that.
    FAFSA Information

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    Childcare Assistance

    If you’re a student with a child under the age of 12, you might qualify for additional grant funds of up to $3,000 per child, per year.

    The amount of funding available each year varies depending upon the amount allocated to the University of St. Thomas by the State of Minnesota. Recipients may not be receiving assistance from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).

    Priority Application Deadline: August 15

    Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to fund recipients from the previous year.

    Application

    Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant

    The Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant provides financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in Minnesota teacher preparation programs during one term in which the student is completing a required 12-week or more student teaching experience.

    Students must also intend to teach in an identified license-shortage area and/or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce as well as demonstrate financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application.

    Grants up to $7,500 are awarded on a first come, first-served basis.

    Apply