MN Teacher Candidate Grant

Program Information:

The Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in Minnesota teacher preparation programs during one term in which the student is completing a required 12-week or more student teaching experience. On a funds available basis, selected undergraduate and graduate students may receive awards of up to $7,500. Applicants must intend to work in an identified shortage area and/or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce to be eligible.


To be eligible, teacher candidates must, at a minimum:

  • Be enrolled in a Minnesota teacher preparation program approved by the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) that requires at least 12 weeks of student teaching in order for the teacher candidate to be recommended for an initial full professional teaching license;
  • Intend to teach in an identified shortage area or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in theMinnesota teacher workforce (see for details);
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as defined by the institution;
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or MN Dream Act application for aid year; and
  • Demonstrate financial need



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