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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 some of these grants but some do require additional steps so read the information below carefully to find out if you need to fill out additional paperwork.

Federal Pell Grant

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. View more information about Pell grants

What do I need to do?
Submit a FAFSA

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

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. View more information about the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

What do I need to do?
Submit a FAFSA

Minnesota State Grant

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.

Minnesota Dream Act

The MN 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). There is currently not a 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. Look under MCTC Foundation Scholarships on our Scholarships web page to find out more or apply.

Post-Secondary Child Care Grant

The Post-Secondary Child Care Grant can help you pay child care costs while attending school. Awards are based on family size and income. You must be a Minnesota resident and enrolled in at least 6 credits. Learn more about this grant from the Office of Higher Education.

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

Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans and service members as well as eligible spouses and children of deceased or severely disabled eligible Minnesota veterans.

What do I need to do?

Review the Minnesota GI Bill eligibility requirements and/or complete the application

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. 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?

Review Military Service Education Benefits information, instructions and applications

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