Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Office of Higher Education is currently working with approved program sponsors for the 2020 Summer Academic Enrichment Program. We are working collaboratively with program sponsors to determine changes in program dates, delivery and offerings, as well as share public health guidance to keep our students safe. On May 15, 2020 Governor Tim Walz signed an Executive Order directing the Commissioner of Education to provide a safe and effective summer learning environment for Minnesota’s students. This Order will offer schools the flexibility for some in-person instruction if they are in compliance with Department of Health (MDH) guidelines on masking, social distancing, personal hygiene, screening, and cleaning, and adhere to MDH’s guidance for summer programs. These public health guidelines will also apply to summer programing outside of a school setting.
The Summer Academic Enrichment program will provide stipends on a first-come, first-serve basis, to cover all or a portion of the direct cost for students in grades 3-11 to attend eligible summer academic enrichment programs in summer 2020.
Who is eligible?
If you are a MN resident attending an eligible summer enrichment program, and you are eligible for free or reduced priced lunches*, and
You are currently in grades 3-11, and if you are in grades 7-11 you must either have an overall "C" average or its equivalent for the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable to the summer program you wish to attend*, and Funds are still available.
Amount of stipend?
The Summer Enrichment stipend will cover the cost of the summer program up to a maximum amount of $1,000. Students will only be able to receive one stipend.
What is the deadline date?
The deadline date is established by the summer program until all funds have been awarded out to students.
How will I know if I was approved?
The summer program will notify you of your eligibility for an award from the Summer Academic Enrichment Program.
What is the Application Process?
You must apply directly to the eligible summer program. The summer program will complete the online application for a stipend from the Summer Academic Enrichment Program. Funds will be processed and will go directly to the eligible summer program.
You will need to provide the summer program with documentation from a school official that you are income eligible for free or reduced price lunches. And if you are in grades 7-11 you will need to provide the summer program with documentation that you have either an overall "C" average or its equivalent for the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable to the summer program you wish to attend.