• The best types of financial aid are those you don't have to pay back after you graduate.

    Grants are like gifts and are usually awarded to students with the fewest financial resources. Grants are considered need-based aid. This need is determined when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Grants usually come from federal and state governments and are sent directly to the school.

    • Federal Pell Grant
      • These federally funded grants help almost 10 million full- and part-time college and vocational school students nationally.
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
      • Can help students from low- and moderate-income families pay for educational expenses at eligible Minnesota colleges or universities.
    • Minnesota State Grant
      • Help students from low- and moderate-income families pay for educational expenses at eligible Minnesota colleges or universities.
    • Minnesota Child Care Grant
      • Helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.
    • Minnesota Public Safety Officer's Survivor Grant
      • Provides educational benefits to dependent children and the surviving spouse of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1973.
    • MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program
      • The program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualifying career and technical programs at MnSCU two-year colleges so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation.
    • Alliss Opportunity Grant Program
      • The Alliss Two-Year Opportunity Grant is available to students with financial need who are attending Minnesota State Colleges, and who are enrolled in A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.F.A., diplomas, certificates and MnTC courses designed to transfer to baccalaureate programs
    • Grants for Dislocated Workers
      • Serve individuals dislocated from long-held jobs. The goal is to help workers obtain new employment quickly.
    • Military Service Education Benefits
      • Each branch of the U.S. military has education programs to help members pay for college. To participate in these programs you must meet certain eligibility criteria.