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The Minnesota State Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program provides FREE TUITION to qualifying students enrolled in specific career and technical programs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities two-year colleges for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 academic years (up to 72 credits). The grant covers actual tuition and general fees remaining after Pell Grant and the Minnesota State Grant have been applied to the student’s account.
To apply, students must complete the 2016–2017 FAFSA or Minnesota Dream Act application form, be admitted to an eligible program, and start that program in the Fall of 2016.
Applications will be ranked by FAFSA or Minnesota Dream Act filing date, so students should apply as early as possible. Financial Aid offices will begin notifying students who are eligible in the near future and will continue to notify qualified students as long as funds are available. The actual award amount will not be determined until the end of the drop/add period for fall term. A student who has been notified they will receive the award and maintains eligibility will have their tuition and fees paid by a combination of the Pell grant, the State grant, and the Occupational grant.
Students who submit all required forms and required documents, successfully complete at least 30 credits during the 2016-17 academic year, maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, participate in the provided mentoring sessions, and are certified by the college to be on track to complete the program during the 2017-18 academic year are eligible for a grant renewal. Students will need to reapply for the grant for the second year.