Minnesota students who dream of pursuing a higher education often wonder how to best fund their education. The state of Minnesota has put a lot of effort into providing funding in the form of scholarships to students who want to return to school. Some of these awards are open only to students who are residents of Minnesota. Below is a list of some top Minnesota scholarships that students may want to consider as they apply for scholarships:
Minnesota Academic Excellent Scholarships: This award is open to students who plan to enroll on a full-time basis at an eligible public or private university in Minnesota. These scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. Students must plan to study one of the following fields in order to be eligible: social sciences, science, fine arts, math, or a foreign language. The amount of the award varies, but may cover the complete tuition costs. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here: https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=150.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: This award provides funding to Minnesota students who are a college undergraduate or who attend a vocational program. The award amount varies, but the maximum amount of the award is $4,000. The exact amount is influenced by the student’s demonstrated financial need and the amount of funds available at the institution the student attends. Additional information can be found here: https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=141.
Minnesota State Grant: These awards were developed to help students from lower income families afford a college degree. The majority of the funding goes to students who come from families who earn less than $50,000 per year. These awards can only be used at eligible universities within the state of Minnesota and students are required to complete a FAFSA application. In order to be eligible, students must be at least 17 years of age, a resident of Minnesota, and must plan to take at least 3 credits at one of the eligible colleges or universities in the state. The award may be renewed for up to three years provided that the student maintains eligibility. The exact amount of the awards ranges from $100-$10,745 per year. The amount of the award is influenced by the student’s FAFSA application. Additional information about this award can be found here: https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=138.
The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program: This scholarship is open to Minnesota residents who have at least one dependent who is younger than 12 years of age. Students must be enrolled at least half time and must not have completed their first undergraduate degree. Furthermore, students are required to attend one of the eligible institutions in Minnesota in order to be considered to the award. Students may receive up to $2,800 per child each academic year to help cover the cost of child care. The exact amount of the award depends on a number of factors, including the family’s income, the number of people in the household, and the student’s enrollment status. Additional information can be found here: https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=140.