Minnesota state government provides over $180 million annually in postsecondary student financial aid to help students from low- and moderate-income families finance their postsecondary education. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is responsible for administering these state-funded student financial aid programs.
Data on the funds appropriated for specific state-funded programs are provided on the pages listed below.
For each state-funded financial aid program, the criteria for student eligibility, statutes governing the program, and agency rules used to administer each program can be found in Campus Financial Aid Administrator Resources.
Using Data to Determine Institutional Participation in State Student Aid Programs
The 2013 Minnesota Legislature mandated the Office of Higher Education to collect data and identify criteria that could be used to determine institutional eligibility to participate in state financial aid programs.
The report has five sections. Section one serves an introduction to the information requested, including a discussion of legislative intent, state goals and suggested metrics. Section two summarizes background information about Minnesota institutions and current uses of data to determine operation within the state and participation in federal and state financial aid. Section three provides information and practices for comparing colleges. Section four provides the metrics suggested. Section five concludes with the Office's recommendations. The metrics presented are suggestions by the Office based on the Office's understanding of legislative intent and current research and policy. Data may not be available nor benchmarks been set for measuring institutional performance for all of the metrics suggested. The purpose of this report is to provide information that will start a discussion of about data needed for Minnesota's educational improvement and for informing policy decisions relating to higher education and state financial aid programs.
Number of Students Receiving State Financial Aid
|Fiscal Year||State Grant||State Work Study||Part-Time Grant||Child Care Grant||Dislocated Rural |
|Safety Officer's Survivors Grant||Pre-Nursing Grant||Nurses |
of Color Grant
|Achieve Scholarship||Indian Scholarship||MN GI Bill|
*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
- Minnesota State Appropriations
- State Grant Data
- Indian Scholarship Data
- Minnesota GI Bill Data
- Postsecondary Child Care Grant Data
- Public Safety Officer's Survivor Grant Data
- SELF Loans Data
- State Work Study Data
- Tuition Reciprocity
- Achieve Scholarship Data
- Summer Scholarships for Academic Enrichment Data