Scholarships are awarded based on merit and/or need. Merit aid recognizes student achievement and potential, largely tied to academics. Scholarships do not have to be paid back.
From colleges and universities
Many colleges and universities give scholarships to their students. When applying for admission, students should ask about scholarships and grants available from the school. Additional requirements may apply.
Each of our 17 schools offers scholarships to students. Contact our colleges directly to learn about their scholarship opportunities.
The Minnesota Private College Fund (MPCF) raises scholarship money for students studying at our 17 colleges and universities. Most of these scholarships are distributed by each school’s financial aid office.
From private sources
Many different types of independent scholarships are awarded according to some criteria such as academic or athletic achievement, cultural or religious background, service, etc. The following websites list resources to help you explore private scholarship opportunities:
- Minnesota Office of Higher Education (scroll down to general scholarship resources, Minnesota-specific scholarships, resources for military families or resources for students of color)
- FinAid: the Smartstudent Guide to Financial Aid
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