Grants are considered gift aid that you do not have to repay and are often based on financial need. After you complete the FAFSA and are admitted to NTC, you will be considered for an array of federal and state grants. Below is a list of what is available, including any additional criteria. If your award notification includes grants, you are not required to formally accept them; they will automatically be applied to your student bill.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is the foundation of federal student aid, awarded to undergraduate students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The award amount varies with level of enrollment. Federal Pell Grant recipients should finalize their registration for the entire term during the first five class days (free drop add period) to maximize their funding level. Withdrawing from one or more courses within the first two weeks may cause a Pell Grant award to reduce to the adjusted level of enrollment. Pell Grant eligibility is limited to 12 full-time semesters or the equivalent. You can learn more here.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Like the Pell Grant, the FSEOG is awarded to undergraduate students with the lowest EFC. Priority must be given to Pell Grant recipients. Very limited funds are available, so it is critical to apply by the priority deadline of June 1 to be considered for this grant. Find more information here.
MN State Grant
The Minnesota State Grant is awarded to undergraduate Minnesota residents with a low EFC attending a MN post-secondary institution. Once a student has attempted the equivalent of 4 full-time years of post-secondary education, the student is no longer eligible for the grant. Awards change on a per credit basis for enrollment between 3 and 15 credits. The FAFSA has to be completed and received by the school within the first 30 days of the semester. Find more information here.
MN Postsecondary Child Care Grant
Undergraduate Minnesota residents who meet income guidelines and have out of pocket child care expenses are considered for this grant. The student must have a dependent child 12 years of age or younger who will be receiving care regularly. Eligibility is restricted to those students who are not receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) benefits and have not attended 4 years of post-secondary education. Funds are limited and applications are processed until all funds are awarded. Find more information here.
MN Indian Scholarship and Tribal Grants
Minnesota residents with documented one-fourth or more Indian ancestry may be eligible for the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program. Students of Indian ancestry may also be eligible for a Tribal Grant. Students should contact their individual Tribal Education Office for specific information and application forms.
MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program
The program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualifying career and technical programs at MnSCU two-year colleges so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation. It was created by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature and will be implemented for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years as a pilot program. Students who have been awarded the grant (view awards in e-Services) must complete the Online Student Participation Agreement by August 1, 2016 in order to receive funds for the fall semester.
A list of qualifying programs by school and student eligibility requirements can be accessed at: www.ohe.state.mn.us/MnSCUOccupGrant.
If you have questions about the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program, please contact the Office of Higher Education at (651) 642-0567.
Veterans may earn educational benefits based on their U.S. military service. See Veteran’s Benefits for more information.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Educational benefits are available for students with documented disabilities to help achieve their educational, employment and independent living goals. For more information and eligibility criteria, click here.
Rural MN CEP
Educational benefits for tuition assistance may be available through the Rural MN CEP Office for students who are considered a dislocated worker and in the second year of a two-year program of study. This program is income based as well. For more information, click here.