Grants are usually awarded based on financial need, with need determined when students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA). Use the FAFSA4caster to obtain an estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. The following major grant programs are administered by the federal government and the State of Minnesota:
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program for students from low- and middle-income families. The amount that a student can receive depends upon their college’s cost of attendance; family size and the family's financial situation, which they report on the FAFSA. In 2019-20, the maximum grant is $6,195. The average grant at Minnesota Private Colleges in 2017-18 was approximately $4,084. The size of the program and amount of aid available are determined by congressional appropriation levels. More information.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded and administered by each college. Funding is provided directly to the schools in the form of a block grant. The award amount is set by the institution’s financial aid office; thus the aid and application deadlines vary. A student may receive up to $4,000 in SEOG per year depending on need, the availability of funds at the specific school, and the amount of other aid received. More information.
Minnesota State Grant
Minnesota State Grants are funded by state government appropriations. The program is designed to complement the Pell Grant, and information submitted on FAFSA is used to determine both awards.
In 2017-18, more than 80,000 Minnesota students received a State Grant — that's1 in 4 undergraduates. The average State Grant award at Minnesota Private Colleges was $4,533. More information.
Child Care Grant
The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low-income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. The maximum available to a full-time student is $3,000 for each eligible child per academic year, though this maximum can be increased by 10 percent if childcare costs are found to be sufficiently high. Assistance may cover up to 40 hours of child care per week for each eligible child. More information.