Grants

Grants are free money from the government to help you pay for college.

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

Grants are usually awarded through state or federal financial aid programs.

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

The Federal Pell Grant program is a program for undergraduate students who have financial need.

Award Amount: Up to $6,895

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,895 for the 2022-2023 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

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
  • any registration overrides (blue cards).

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

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a program for undergraduate students who have financial need.

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.

Award Amount: Varies

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

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 helps make college education more affordable for students who plan to be teachers.

The TEACH grant is available for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students.

Award Amount: Up to $4,000

This grant is renewable each year.

How to Qualify

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • 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.

The Minnesota Student Teacher Grants program supports students who intend to be teachers and are required to have at least 12 weeks of student teaching experience.

The Minnesota Student Teacher Grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Award Amount: Up to $7,500

On a funds available basis, selected students may receive awards of up to $7,500 for one term.

How to Qualify

  • Be enrolled in an eligible Minnesota college or university in an eligible teacher preparation program that requires at least 12 weeks of student teaching
  • Be meeting satisfactory academic progress
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • Intend to teach in a designated rural school district in Minnesota
    • Intend to teach in an identified license shortage area
    • Belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce

You must submit a complete application to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for the term in which you are completing a required 12-week or more student teaching experience.

Through the Minnesota Dream Act, undocumented students enrolled at public college and universities can receive:

  • in-state tuition rates
  • institutional financial aid
  • state financial aid

The Minnesota Dream Act benefits are available to undergraduate and graduate students, though you must meet certain eligibility criteria.

Award Amount: Varies

To apply, you’ll need to submit an online grant application and provide required documentation.

How to Qualify

  • Have attended a Minnesota high school for at least 3 years
  • Have graduated from a Minnesota high school or earned a GED in Minnesota
  • Be registered with the U.S. Selective Service, if you are a male between 18 to 25 years old

If a federal process exists for a student to apply for lawful immigration status, students would have to provide that application documentation.

As there is currently not a federal process in place, this documentation is not currently required. Applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is not considered a federal process in this case.

The Minnesota State Grant is a program for undergraduate students who have financial need.

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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid 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

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

This grant is available to students who are pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degrees.

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.

There are different enrollment criteria depending on what type of degree you are pursuing:

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