Paying for College


A grant is money you do not need to pay back. Most grants to MCTC students are federal or state grants awarded based on financial need.

If you submit a FAFSA, you will be automatically considered for most of these grants. Your financial aid award letter from MCTC will tell you whether you have qualified for a grant and for how much. The College applies the money directly to your tuition bill. Here are the various types of grants and how to apply.

Federal Pell grants are need-based federal grants. Since the amount is based on the number of credits in which you enroll, courses added after the Last Date to Add/Drop Full Term Courses will not be covered. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree are not eligible. Note: Beginning with the 2012-2013 award year, you can only receive a Pell Grant for up to a maximum of 12 semesters or the equivalent. More information about Pell grants can be found here.

What do I need to do?
Submit a FAFSA.

MCTC offers a limited number of grants from $300 to $900 to students who have received a Federal Pell Grant and have exceptional financial need. More information about the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant can be found here.

What do I need to do?
Submit a FAFSA.

MCTC students who are Minnesota residents may qualify for these state grants, which are awarded based on financial need and the state’s Shared Responsibility Formula. You must take at least 3 credits to receive an award and at least 15 credits to receive the maximum award.

What do I need to do?
Submit a FAFSA no later than 30 days after a semester starts.

The Minnesota Dream Act provides certain benefits to undocumented students who meet the following criteria:

  • Attended a Minnesota high school for at least 3 years; and
  • Graduated from a Minnesota high school or earned a GED in Minnesota; and
  • Complied with Selective Service registration requirements (applies only to male students born 1960 or after); and
  • Provide documentation to show they have applied for lawful immigration status but only if a federal process exists for a student to do so (does not include applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Please note, there is no federal process in place, so this documentation is not currently required.

What do I need to do?

If you are undocumented, you should visit the State of Minnesota, Office of Higher Education Minnesota Dream Act web page You should NOT complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, even if you have a Social Security number through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

You may also be interested in the Nadia and Louis Najarro Smith DREAM Act Scholarship for college-age immigrant students offered by the MCTC Foundation. Learn more on our scholarships web page.

Post-Secondary Child Care Grant

The Post-Secondary Child Care Grant can help pay child care costs while attending classes. Awards are based on family size and income. You must be a Minnesota resident and enrolled in at least 6 credits. More information about eligibility can be found here.

What do I need to do?
Submit your completed application to the Student Services office, or via email, for the current academic year. The grant is on a first come, first serve basis and funds are limited.

CCAMPIS Child Care Grants

Limited Federal Grant monies are still available for childcare assistance to students that are Pell-eligible (and not receiving MFIP assistance) and interested in childcare that is registered, licensed & accredited. Application materials:

Authorization for the Release of Student Information
CCampis Checklist
CCampis Application
Work Verification

For more information, please contact the Counseling and Advising Office, T.2500.

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. There are programs for Minnesotans who are currently active soldiers, veterans, and members of the National Guard or Reserves.

What do I need to do?
Information, instructions and applications