The Summer Transition Grant program provides financial assistance to eligible students attending eligible research-based high school-to-college summer developmental transition programs offered by Minnesota colleges and universities in the summer between high school graduation and the freshman year of postsecondary education. The purpose of summer transition programs is to develop the skills and abilities necessary to be ready for college-level coursework when the student enrolls in a postsecondary degree, diploma or certificate program. Programs must address the academic skills identified as needing improvement by a college readiness assessment completed by the student. Both campus program and financial aid administrators are responsible for the administration of the program. The program was created during the 2009 legislative session and first implemented during the summer of 2010.
Students apply for a grant by completing the online application or by submitting a paper application to the college offering the summer transition program. Eligible institutions include all private and public colleges and universities in Minnesota that have summer transition programs approved by the Office of Higher Education. Programs approved for the summer of 2013 are offered by:
- Hamline University
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Normandale Community College
- St. Olaf College
To be eligible for the grant, the student must:
- Demonstrate a need for academic remediation based on the college readiness test administered to the student prior to beginning the summer transition program;
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. An eligible non-citizen means a permanent resident of the U.S., a conditional permanent resident of the U.S., or a holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) with one of the following designations: Refugee, Asylum Granted, Parolee, Victim of Human Trafficking, T-Visa holder or Cuban-Haitian Entrant;
- Be a Minnesota resident.
- Complete a Summer Transition Grant application no later than 30 days after the start of the summer transition program.
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the financial aid year from which the Summer Transition Grant will be funded.
- Demonstrate financial need according to the award calculation formula;
- Be a high school graduate who has earned a high school diploma or a GED during the same calendar year the summer transition program is offered;
- Be enrolled for three or more credits in an eligible summer transition program at an eligible Minnesota postsecondary institution (see list above) during the summer following high school graduation or receipt of a GED; and
- Not be more than 30 days in arrears for child support payments owed a public child support enforcement agency unless a student is complying with a written payment agreement or order for arrearages.
After the applicant completes an application, the campus offering the program completes the academic and financial sections of the online Summer Transition Grant system developed by the Office of Higher Education in order to calculate the award and request funding. The campus applies funds to the student's institutional charges, with remaining funds disbursed to the student for associated living expenses. The award calculation formula is similar to that used for the Minnesota State Grant program.
Summer Transition Grant Training
Summer Transition Grant Documents & Instructions
- Summer Transition Grant Manual [Summer 2013]
- Online Application, Summer 2013
- Paper Application [Summer 2013]
- Award Calculation Spreadsheet [2012-2013]