The Minnesota GI Bill Program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans and service members and to the children and spouses of deceased or severely disabled eligible Minnesota veterans.
The Minnesota GI Bill program was established to provide financial assistance for postsecondary education to eligible Minnesota veterans and service members who served on or after September 11, 2001.
The MN GI Bill award is calculated by subtracting the student's Federal Pell Grant, MN State Grant and other veteran's benefits from the calculation budget. The maximum MN GI Bill award for an undergraduate student registered for 12 credits or more is $1,000 per term. The maximum MN GI Bill award for an undergraduate student registered for 11 credits or less is $500 per term. Graduate students considered full time by their institution are eligible for a maximum of $1000 and graduate students considered part time by their institution are eligible for a maximum of $500 per term. The maximum MN GI Bill award per fiscal year - July 1 through June 30 - is $3,000, up to a lifetime maximum benefit of $10,000.
An applicant must be:
- A veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time; or
- A non-veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001 ; or
- A spouse or dependent of a person who has served in the military at any time and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service. (Student must also be eligible to receive federal veterans education benefits as a spouse or dependent)
The student must also:
- Be a Minnesota resident
- Apply for the MN GI Bill benefits before the last day of the term for which benefits are requested;
- Be less than 62 years old before the beginning of the term for which benefits are requested;
- Be current on child support obligations, if applicable;
- Be enrolled in an eligible MN postsecondary institution in a certificate, diploma, or degree program;
- Be making satisfactory academic progress in his or her academic program.
Minnesota GI Bill Documents and Instructions