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.
*The first state appropriation was given to the Minnesota State Grant in 1984.
**The Office of Higher Education administered the MN GI Bill on behalf of the MN Department of Veterans Affairs through an interagency agreement from 2008 to 2019.
***Indian Scholarship program was transferred from the Minnesota Department of Education in 2007.
Note: 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.