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Minnesota Future Together Grants

This program is designed to provide eligible Minnesota residents a tuition-free pathway for earning a certificate, diploma, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in high-need careers. Funding comes from the State of Minnesota and is awarded to eligible students after grants and scholarships have been paid.

Eligible Programs:

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Technician
  • American Sign Language Studies
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Biology Transfer Pathway
  • Business
  • Business Information Technology
  • Business Management
  • Business Transfer Pathway
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Chemistry Transfer Pathway
  • Child Development Careers
  • Child Development Careers ASL
  • Clinical Sports Massage, Massage Therapy
  • CNC Toolmaking 50.0102 Computer Animation
  • Computer Graphics and Visualization
  • Computer Network Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science Transfer Pathway
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Basics
  • Culinary Foundations
  • Customer Service Office Support
  • CyberSecurity
  • Data Science
  • Electrical Technology
  • Electromechanical Systems
  • Electromechanical Systems Industrial Programming
  • Engineering Broad Field
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event and Meeting Management
  • Finance
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Global Trade Professional
  • Global Trade Specialist
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Sciences Broad Field
  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources
  • Java Programming
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Office
  • Medical Office Professional
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Music
  • Network Administration
  • Nonprofit
  • Office Management Professional
  • Pastry and Baking
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Pipefitting
  • Plumbing
  • Practical Nursing
  • Project Management
  • Public Health
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Instructor Training - Level 2
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner/Therapist
  • Robotic Welding
  • Science and Engineering Technology
  • Sheetmetal & HVAC Ducts & Fittings
  • Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Sterile Processing
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Truck Technician
  • Visualization Technology
  • Web Based 2D Game Development
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Welding Technology

Saint Paul College students pursuing their education in specific high-need career areas will soon have a tuition-free pathway through Minnesota Future Together Grants.

The grants, funded by the state of Minnesota with $35 million in American Rescue Plan funds, aim to educate the next generation of front line workers by increasing the number of qualified workers for careers in the areas of Healthcare, STEM, Business, Industry and Technology, Education, and Public service.

Who is eligible?

The grants are need based and designed to help students from low- and moderate-income families pay for education at any tribal college or public institution in Minnesota. Student eligibility for the grant will be determined every semester. You will need to fill out the FAFSA each year. A student who receives a grant one semester is not guaranteed to receive funding for the next semester. Eligibility is subject to the availability of funds and any changes in your enrollment, financial need, or other financial aid may change the amount you receive each semester.

Income Eligibility:

  • Have a Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)* reported on FAFSA or MN Dream Act Application of less than $50,000
  • Have a Family AGI* reported on FAFSA or State Aid Application of less than $100,000 and have worked in a critical industry listed in Executive Order 20-74 at least part-time between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021; OR received unemployment benefits between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021
  • * ​Family AGI for a dependent student includes parent and student AGI and for an independent student it includes student and spouse AGI.

Other Eligibility Factors:

  • You first enrolled during the Fall 2021 term or later OR you are returning to college and have not been enrolled at any college in the last three semesters
  • Meet the Minnesota residency criteria
  • Not have already earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Not in default on a state or federal student loan
  • Making Satisfactory Academic Progress (not suspended from financial aid due to GPA, completion rate or Maximum Time Frame)

When are grants available?

Some students are eligible to receive the grant starting in Spring 2022.

How can I apply?

Additional information on the program can be found on the Minnesota Office of Higher Education’s website.

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