Grants

To receive any type of federal funds (grants and/or loans) you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal grants are a gift of money to help a student further their education that do not have to be paid back.

Federal Pell Grant

  • Must be an undergraduate student who has not earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Amount awarded to student’s is based on the student’s financial need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status
  • Must have schedule finalized within the first six days of the semester to maximize funding amount
  • May only receive for a total of 6 full-time years (600%). To view percent received go to nslds.ed.gov
  • Withdrawing from one or more courses early in the term may reduce amount awarded and cause a balance due on your account
  • May qualify with as little as 1 to 3 credits depending on EFC

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Must be an undergraduate student who is eligible for the Pell Grant
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credits
  • Based on student’s financial need and enrollment status
  • Funds are limited, awarded on first come bases

Minnesota State Grant

  • Must be an undergraduate student who has not earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Must be a MN resident
  • Must be enrolled in at least 3 credits
  • Amount awarded varies per credit amount
  • May receive for a total of 8 full-time semesters

Post-Secondary Child Care Grant

Minnesota Futures Together Grants

This program is designed to provide eligible Minnesota residents a tuition-free pathway for earning an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in high-need careers. Funding comes from the State of Minnesota and is awarded to eligible students after grants and scholarships have been paid.

Eligible Educational Programs:
  • Healthcare: High-need areas such as nursing, healthcare social workers
  • STEM: High-need programs include software development, software analysts, engineers, web developers, statisticians
  • Business: High-need programs include accounting, financial management, auditors, human resource managers, bankers, and project managers
  • Education: High-need programs include early childhood educators, childcare workers, school counselors and social workers
  • Public Service: High-need programs may include law enforcement officers, probation officers, and public administration
Income Eligibility:
  • Have a Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)* reported on FAFSA or MN Dream Act Application of less than $50,000
  • Have a Family AGI* reported on FAFSA or State Aid Application of less than $100,000 and have worked in a critical industry listed in Executive Order20-74 at least part-time between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021; OR received unemployment benefits between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021*
  • Family AGI for a dependent student includes parent and student AGI and for an independent student it includes student and spouse AGI.
Other Eligibility Factors:
  • You first enrolled during the 2021-22 or 2022-23 school year OR you are returning to college and have not been enrolled at any college in the last three semesters.
  • Meet the Minnesota residency criteria
  • Not have already earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Not in default on a state or federal student loan
  • Not on a SAP/FA suspension

Student eligibility for the grant will be determined every semester. You will need to fill out the FAFSA each year. A student who receives a grant one semester is not guaranteed to receive funding for the next semester. Eligibility is subject to the availability of funds and any changes in your enrollment, FAFSA, or other financial aid may change the amount you receive each semester. Details can be found at MN Future Together Grant .
If you are eligible for a Minnesota Future Together Grant, you will be contacted with an award amount or additional questions to determine your eligibility. If you do not receive a communication from the Financial Aid Office but believe that you are eligible for the spring term, please complete the application for the program.

Alliss Grant

The Alliss Two-Year Opportunity Grant is available to students with financial need who are attending Minnesota State Colleges, and who are enrolled in A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.F.A., diplomas, certificates and MnTC courses designed to transfer to baccalaureate programs

Program eligibility:

  • Grants are available to students with financial need who are attending Minnesota State Colleges, enrolled in A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.F.A., diplomas, certificates and MnTC courses designed to transfer to baccalaureate programs
  • Recipients cannot have already received a baccalaureate degree
  • Recipients do not have to be Minnesota residents
  • Awards may be made for an amount between $500 - $2,000 per year, which may be renewable (but not automatically) until the student has been enrolled for 150% of the length of their program, measured in credits
  • Grants will be processed and awarded through the College's normal financial aid application process, and may be used to meet remaining need after the student has received Pell and/or MN State Grants
  • Recipients will be required to meet with an advisor to create a baccalaureate degree-completion plan - this meeting must occur during the semester for which the award is granted
Alliss Grant Application

Please contact the financial aid office at the Northland for more information.