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Minnesota Financial Aid: Appropriation & Recipient Trends

Every two years the Minnesota Legislature makes appropriations to fund student financial aid programs. Minnesota devotes most of its state-funded financial aid to students from low- and moderate-income families. The Minnesota State Grant is the largest state-funded financial aid program, and nearly 100,000 undergraduates receive a state grant. See State Grant and Federal Pell Grant Spending Trends.

Minnesota Student Financial Aid Program Appropriation Trends
Current dollars shown in thousands
Fiscal Year State Grant* Achieve Scholarship Dislocated Rural Worker Program MN G.I. Bill** Indian Scholarship*** Nurses of Color Pre-Nursing Grant Postsecondary Child Care Grants Safety Officer Survivor's Grants State Work Study Total
1984$34,724$34,724
1985$35,666$35,666
1986$38,300$38,300
1987$42,281$42,281
1988$63,850$250$4,504$68,604
1989$61,000$250$4,679$65,929
1990$55,010$250$2,000$5,304$62,564
1991$70,261$250$120$2,000$80$5,304$78,015
1992$75,693$250$120$2,500$80$5,869$84,512
1993$80,100$250$120$2,500$80$5,869$88,919
1994$93,900$250$120$3,540$40$8,219$106,069
1995$93,900$250$120$3,540$40$8,219$106,069
1996$91,700$250$3,540$40$8,219$103,749
1997$95,900$250$3,540$40$8,219$107,949
1998$94,400$250$4,741$40$9,444$108,875
1999$109,025$250$4,741$40$10,944$125,000
2000$112,725$4,742$40$12,444$129,951
2001$123,185$4,742$40$12,444$140,411
2002$114,945$4,743$40$12,444$132,172
2003$120,535$4,743$40$12,444$137,762
2004$140,500$4,743$75$12,444$157,762
2005$140,500$4,743$75$12,444$157,762
2006$136,319$4,934$75$12,444$153,772
2007$144,681$4,934$75$12,444$162,134
2008$147,400$3,400$6,000$1,950$6,184$100$12,444$177,478
2009$144,138$7,400$6,000$1,950$6,184$100$12,444$178,216
2010$144,138$4,350$1,268$2,000$6,684$100$12,444$170,984
2011$144,138$4,350$1,394$2,000$6,684$100$10,676$169,342
2012$154,624$1,294$1,850$6,684$100$14,502$179,054
2013$154,624$1,364$1,850$6,684$100$14,502$179,124
2014$179,141$2,257$3,100$6,684$100$14,502$205,784
2015$176,781$2,257$3,100$6,684$100$14,502$203,424
2016$180,281$1,790$3,500$6,684$100$14,502$206,857
2017$180,281$1,790$3,500$6,684$100$14,502$206,857

*The first state appropriation was given to the Minnesota State Grant in 1984.

**The Office of Higher Education administers the MN GI Bill on behalf of the MN Department of Veterans Affairs through an interagency agreement. The state appropriation for this program is open and standing and the amount listed above represents the forecasted amount at the time the budget was signed into law.

***Indian Scholarship program was transferred from the Minnesota Department of Education in 2007.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Number of Students Receiving State Financial Aid
Fiscal Year State Grant Achieve Scholarship Dislocated Rural Worker Grant MN GI Bill Indian Scholarship Nurses of Color Grant Pre-Nursing Grant Postsecondary Child Care Grant Safety Officer's Survivors Grant State Work Study Part-Time Grant
198762,9871,2427,3504,579
198863,2294461,4106,9705,627
198951,5694361,4456,4546,965
199046,5236211,3311,1266,7505,901
199159,1883671,2852561,164106,8465,740
199262,6134371,2312561,260107,6683,924
199362,0792601,2012601,37697,4833,459
199471,801n/a412181,669109,519
199570,565n/a542012,38859,184
199663,084859652,44399,734
199761,523872662,52399,348
199860,467910632,67199,614
199961,6601,019672,7041410,915
200062,8021,0182,6591311,481
200165,246n/a2,7361312,079
200271,3268972,4291111,978
200372,396691932**140*
200469,6206392,5361310,424
200573,4104812,6621410,924
200671,1086372,5922010,649
200780,1825382,8321611,922
200883,24617875952,9211210,999
200984,5181,9349085752,8731210,515
2010103,5444,0016316172,8661311,094
201188,8231,0635936263,042910,673
201295,5105645392,8631211,073
201399,4456017502,666810,633
201499,5011,0068762,421610,442
201599,3241,0381,0582,182610,828
20161,985910,048

*In 2003, no students received earnings from the Minnesota State Work Study program; the entire appropriation went to cover a shortfall in the State Grant program.

**In 2003, the Office of Higher Education transferred $3.6 million of the $4.7 million appropriation to help cover a shortfall in the State Grant program.

Source: Office of Higher Education