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 BSU, you will be considered for an array of federal, state and university 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 changes annually and varies with your level of enrollment. Federal Pell Grant recipients must finalize all registration within the first 30 days of the semester. A student who withdraws from one or more courses within the first 30 days of the semester will have their Pell Grant award reduced 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 January 1, 2017 to be considered for this grant. Find more information here.
MN Dream Act
The MN Dream Act provides certain benefits to undocumented students who meet the following criteria: attended a MN high school for at least 3 years; graduated from a MN high school or earned a GED in MN; complied with Selective Service registration requirements (applies only to male students ages 18 to 25); provide documentation to show they have applied for lawful immigration status but only if a federal process exists for a student to do so (does not include applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). There is currently not a federal process in place so this documentation is not currently required.
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 Now available to BOTH undergraduate and graduate students!
Undergraduate and graduate students who are Minnesota residents, 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 5 years of post-secondary education as an undergraduate student. The same applies to graduate students (not counting undergraduate enrollment). 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.
Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship
The 2018-2019 application packet will be available online on the MDE Indian Education webpage by March 1, 2018 and have a FIRM deadline of May 31, 2018 for completed applications to be postmarked.
To be eligible for priority consideration, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- An enrolled member of a Federally recognized tribe;
- Attending an accredited college or university in Minnesota;
- Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree;
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate applicants and a 3.0 for graduate applicants.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate leadership qualities within the American Indian community.
A list of required documents necessary for consideration appears on the Ethel Curry Scholarship Application form which may be found on the Indian Education page of the Minnesota Department of Education website, or by contacting Kristen Aeikens at 651-582-8558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MN Teacher Candidate Grant
The Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant provides post-secondary 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 for one term. 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. Students must complete the FAFSA or MN Dream Act application for the aid year, showing demonstrated financial need.
Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students admitted into a designated high-need subject area at BSU with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Within 8 years of completing/ceasing their program, the student must teach full time for four years in their high-need area in a designated low income school or the TEACH Grant will become an unsubsidized loan with accrued interest. Additional information can be found in the TEACH Grant Application and the TEACH Grant Info Sheet.
BSU provides individual grants to deserving athletes. The grants are awarded by the coaches in each sport and may vary in amounts based upon individual athletic ability. Athletic grants are regulated by BSU, NCAA and league rules and regulations.
Veterans may earn educational benefits based on their U.S. military service. See Veteran’s Benefits for more information.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Educational benefits are available for people with disabilities to help achieve their 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 in their senior year of college. This program is income based as well. For more information, click here.