Minnesota College Grants and Loans


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Minnesota College Grants and Loans

Minnesota Grants

Minnesota State Grant Program Students apply for this grant by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The grant is designed to help low and middle income families and over 80% of the available funds go to families with incomes under $50,000.


Post-Secondary Child Care Grant Program Minnesota residents who have a child under 13 years old (under 15 if the child is handicapped) and who qualify under the program's family size and income requirements may be eligible for this grant. The award pays a maximum of $2300 per child per academic year.


Minnesota Public Safety Officer's Survivor Grant This grant is offered to the surviving spouse or dependent children of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1973. YOu must be under 23 years old to qualify. Also, the applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate or certificate program at a Minnesota public or private postsecondary schools that participates in the State Grant Program.


Alliss Opportunity Grant Program for Adults Returning to College One college course for free at one of Minnesota's community colleges is available through the Alliss Opportunity Grant Program. Students returning to school after seven or more years may be eligible. While the cost of books is included, other fees may not be covered. For more information, visit the Alliss Opportunity Grant Program for Adults Returning to College page at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's getreadyforcollege.org site.


Minnesota Loans


Scholar's Advantage Loans This is a private education loan through the Iowa Student Loan. It is available to students from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado or Wisconsin. There are two versions, depending on the school you are attending. The Scholar's Advantage Loan is apparently no longer available through the Iowa Student Loan.


Minnesota Student Educational Loan Fund (SELF) Program Creditworthy Minnesota residents attending college at least half-time may be eligible for the SELF Program. There are no loan fees with this program and it is sponsored by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Firstmark Services. You can get more information about the SELF Program at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/self/self.cfm.


For more information on Minnesota State scholarships, grants and loans, please visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website.


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