Grants

Grants are like scholarships because they provide free money to help you afford college. You do not have to repay grants, unlike student loans.

Usually students are awarded grants through federal or state financial aid programs.

Each grant program has different criteria for eligibility, and you may have to continue to meet certain requirements after you graduate.

Award Amount: Varies

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,195 for the 2019-2020 award year. You will receive less money if you are enrolled less than full-time.

Award amounts can change yearly and are determined by Congressional appropriations.

You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

This grant is renewable each year. However, you can only receive the Federal Pell Grant for a total of 12 full-time semesters (or equivalent). If you are getting close to this limit, you'll receive a notice.

How to Qualify:

  • Be an undergraduate student working toward your first baccalaureate degree
  • Have financial need
  • Complete the FAFSA 

The Federal Pell Grant processor will let you know if you are eligible by sending a "Student Aid Report" (SAR) after you file your FAFSA. If you could qualify for other types of financial aid, this will not affect your Federal Pell Grant.

Courses added after the Pell Recalculation Date (the first date financial aid disburses each semester) are not able to be included in Pell Grant payment calculations. This could include, but is not limited to course additions such as workshops, independent study, internships, student teaching, and/or any registration overrides (blue cards).

If you do have questions or concerns please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Learn more about the Federal Pell Grant program.

Award Amount: Varies

SEOG grants are first come, first serve.

WSU receives a certain amount of SEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid. Once all the funds have been awarded to students, no more SEOG awards can be made that year.

To have the best chance at a SEOG grant, file your FAFSA as soon as possible starting Oct. 1.

This is different from the Federal Pell Grant program, which provides funds to every eligible student. Learn more about the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program.

How to Qualify: 

  • Be an undergraduate student working toward your first baccalaureate degree
  • Have financial need
  • Complete the FAFSA

The WSU Financial Aid Office awards SEOG grants based on the FAFSA information and funds available. Priority is given to students with exceptional financial need who have Federal Pell Grants.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program help students who plan to be teachers make college education more affordable.

Learn more about the TEACH Grant.

Award Amount: up to $4,000 per year

This grant is renewable each year.

How to Qualify:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH Grant eligible program
  • Meet academic achievement requirements, which are usually scores above the 75th percentile on the ACT or keeping at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Receive TEACH Grant counseling each year that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve. This means you agree to teach in a high-need field at a school that serves low-income families (among other requirements).

Your TEACH Grant could become a Student Loan

Let’s say that you change your major after getting a TEACH Grant--either to a teaching subject that isn’t high-need or a totally new major.

Or perhaps you don’t take a teaching job at a low-income school. Maybe you don’t pursue a teaching career at all.

These decisions would make it so that you are unable to fulfill your service obligation. If you don’t follow through on this obligation, your TEACH Grant funds all will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan

You will have to repay this loan with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.

Award Amount: Varies

The award amount is calculated based on how many credits you are enrolled in. If you are taking at least 15 credits, you would receive the full amount.

If you were awarded State Grant, your award letter will contain a chart that shows what your State Grant amount will be based on each level of enrollment.

How to Qualify:

  • Be a Minnesota resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Have financial need
  • Have a complete FAFSA on file with WSU within 30 days after the term begins
  • Be an undergraduate student working toward your first baccalaureate degree
  • Be enrolled in at least three credits
  • Have been in college for fewer than eight full-time semesters (or the equivalent). You can have nine semesters if you have withdrawn from active military service or have had a major medical illness while under the care of a physician after Dec. 31, 2002.
  • Must not be in default on a student loan
  • Must not be more than 30 days behind for child support owed to a public agency

Learn more about the Minnesota State Grant

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low-income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.

Award Amount: up to $5,200 for each eligible child per academic year

This grant covers up to 40 hours of child care per week for each eligible child. The amount of child care assistance depends on:

  • The number of people in the student's household
  • The number of day care hours necessary to cover education and work obligations
  • Income of the applicant and spouse
  • The availability of funding
  • The student's enrollment status

How to Qualify:

  • Be Minnesota resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have been in college for fewer than eight full-time semesters (or the equivalent). You can have nine semesters if you have withdrawn from active military service or have had a major medical illness while under the care of a physician after Dec. 31, 2002.
  • Not have defaulted on a student loan.
  • Have a child 12 years old or younger (or 14 or younger if the child is handicapped)
  • Have a family size and income to qualify for the program
  • Must not be receiving assistance from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). If you use MFIP, contact your County Social Office of Higher Education for information about child care assistance.

This grant is available to students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and professional degrees. There are different enrollment criteria depending on what type of degree:

  • Undergraduate program: be enrolled for 6-15 credits per term
  • Graduate program: be enrolled for 1-6 credits per term

The Minnesota GI Bill program helps make college education more affordable for eligible Minnesota veterans who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

Learn more about financial aid for people in military service

Award Amount: Varies

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students could receive up to $1,000 per semester or term.
  • Part-time students could receive up to $500 per semester or term.
  • This grant is renewable each year.

How to Qualify:

  • Be a Minnesota resident
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a participating Minnesota institution

You must also be one of the following:

  • Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Non-veteran who has served honorably for at least five years total as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Surviving spouse or children of a person who served in the military on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service

How to Apply

  • Complete the MN GI Bill application
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Provide the financial aid office with a copy of your DD214