Minnesota State Grant

Minnesota's State Grant program provides need-based aid to Minnesota college students. By helping thousands of students from low- and middle-income families afford college, the state makes a strategic investment in our state's future workforce.

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The State Grant:

Targets students with the greatest need

  • 69% of recipients have incomes below $40,000; 27% have incomes between $40,000 and $70,000.
  • Awards for students at four-year institutions average $2,649. State Grant aid reduces the amount of loans students need to take out to finance their education.
  • The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has said, "the State Grant program is a critical tool for maximizing the number of lower-income people who will have access to and complete higher education."

State Grant recipients

Has statewide impact

  • About 1 out of 4 Minnesota undergrads are State Grant recipients.
  • The Minnesota State Grant program helps students at all higher education institutions in the state — public and private, two-year and four-year, full-time and part-time.
  • Most students attend public colleges and universities. About 14% of State Grant recipients attend private, nonprofit colleges.
  • State Grants invest in our future. In a global economy, creating an educated workforce will be critical to retaining jobs.
  • Increases degree attainment among non-traditional (age 25 and older) students who are financially independent.