Are you a student with ties to Minnesota? Do you attend a Minnesota college or university? Or are you a resident of Minnesota who is seeking to obtain a postsecondary education? If so, there are numerous scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for. The first step in order to find Minnesota scholarships is to complete the FAFSA. This will help you determine whether you are eligible for any federal or state funding. In addition to this step, it is highly recommended that students check for scholarships with financial aid office at the college or university that they wish to attend to figure out whether they qualify for additional scholarships. If you are struggling with where to find Minnesota scholarships, check out the list below for ideas of where to start your search:
Minnesota State Grants were created to help students from low-moderate income backgrounds afford a higher education. Any resident of Minnesota who has graduated high school and who is at least 17 years of age is eligible to apply for this award. Students must plan to attend one of the eligible colleges or universities within Minnesota. The amount of the award ranges based on need and institution. Up to $6,927 is available to community college students while up to $10,745 is available to students who opt to attend a four year college or university. Additional information is available here: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?PageID=138.
Minnesota Indian Scholarships are open to Minnesota residents who are at least one fourth American Indian. In order to be eligible, students must qualify for either the Pell or State grant and plan to enroll at an accredited institution in Minnesota. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to receive this award; however the amount of the award differs based on student level. Undergraduate students may receive up to $4,000 annually while graduate students are eligible to receive up to $6,000 in funding. More information about the application process can be found here: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?PageID=149.
Minnesota Academic Excellence Scholarships are open to high school graduates who enroll in college course while they are still in high school. This program aims to provide funding to students who have excelled in one of the following areas: foreign languages, math, social science, math, or English. More information about this award can be found here: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?PageID=150.
Education Vouchers for Former Youth in Foster Care provides up to $5,000 per year in funding. This award can be used to defray the cost of tuition or help purchase textbooks and other educational expenses. In order to be eligible, students must have been in foster care between their 16th and 18th birthdays. Additional information can be found here: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?PageID=1385.
Page Education Foundation Grants were created to assist minority students afford postsecondary education. In exchange for the award, recipients agree to participate in service projects with children. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply for this award. The amount of the scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $2,500 and can be renewed. Additional information regarding eligibility and the application process can be found here: http://page-ed.org/about/page-grant/.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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