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Minnesota Resident Status


To be eligible as a Minnesota resident for a Minnesota State Grant, Minnesota Indian Scholarship, Minnesota Work Study, Minnesota Postsecondary Child Care Grant, Minnesota Achieve Scholarship, Minnesota GI Bill, Interstate Tuition Reciprocity, or the Summer Transition Grant, a student must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a Minnesota high school while residing in Minnesota and, if currently residing in another state, physically attending a Minnesota college.

  • Received a GED in Minnesota after living in the state for at least one year.

  • The student lived in Minnesota for at least one year for other than educational purposes (was not enrolled for more than 5 credits in any term during that time).

  • Is a member (or spouse or dependent of) of the U.S. armed forces stationed in Minnesota for active federal military service.

  • Is a spouse or dependent of a veteran who is a Minnesota resident.

  • Relocated to Minnesota within 12 months of a presidential disaster area declaration if the disaster disrupted the student's postsecondary education.

  • Is a refugee who immediately settled in Minnesota and has continued to reside in Minnesota.

  • For dependent student: The applicant's parents lived in Minnesota when the financial aid application was submitted.

  • For independent student: The student originally met the resident definition as a dependent applicant, and has not moved from the state since that time.

Effective July 1, 2013, undocumented students who meet the conditions in the MN Dream Act are also considered to be Minnesota residents eligible for state financial aid. Undocumented students who do not meet the MN Dream Act conditions but were granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will be eligible for state financial aid if they meet ONE of the above criteria for Minnesota resident AFTER being granted DACA status.

Students and their families are not penalized for leaving the state to serve in the military or missionary service, or to attend college in another state in they retained Minnesota as their state of legal residence.

Residency requirements may vary for different loans, scholarships, or tuition rates.

If there are any questions about a student's residency status, contact the financial aid office at the school the student is attending or wishes to attend, and explain the family situation.