There are several important federal and state grant programs that help keep college affordable. Use the FAFSA4caster to obtain an estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. Estimate of the state and federal grants you may be eligible to receive.

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. The maximum grant at Minnesota private colleges in 2020-21 was approximately $6,345. The size of the program and amount of aid available are determined by congressional appropriation levels. Learn more about this program.

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. Learn more about this program.

Minnesota State Grant

Minnesota State Grant awards 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 2019-20, nearly 80,000 Minnesota students received a State Grant — that's two in five undergraduates. And the average grant for students at Minnesota private colleges was $5,125. Learn more about this program.

Minnesota Dream Act

The Minnesota Dream Act provides higher education-related benefits to undocumented students who meet certain criteria, including having attended a Minnesota high school for at least three years. The benefits include eligibility for the Minnesota State Grant. This can be an important resource for students.Learn more about this program and how to apply.

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 $5,500 for each eligible child per academic year. Learn more about this program.