In order to be eligible, the student must be a Minnesota resident.

A Minnesota resident is:

  1. A student who has resided in Minnesota for purposes other than postsecondary education for at least 12 consecutive months without being enrolled at a postsecondary educational institution for more than five credits in any term; or
  2. A dependent student whose parent or legal guardian resided in Minnesota at the time the FAFSA was completed; or
  3. A student who graduated from a Minnesota high school, if the student was a resident of Minnesota during the student's period of attendance at the Minnesota high school; or
  4. A student who, after residing in the State of Minnesota for a minimum of one year, earned a high school equivalency certificate in Minnesota; or
  5. An independent student who was granted residency as a dependent and has not since left the State of Minnesota; or
  6. A student who is a member ( or spouse/dependent of a member) of the armed forces of the United States stationed in Minnesota on active federal military service as defined in section 190.05, subdivision 5c; or
  7. A student (or spouse of a student) who relocated to Minnesota from an area that is declared a presidential disaster area within 12 months of the disaster declaration, if the disaster interrupted the person's postsecondary education; or
  8. A student defined as a refugee under United States Code, title 8 section 1101(a)(42) who, upon arrival in the United States, moved to Minnesota and has continued to reside in Minnesota; or
  9. A spouse or dependent of a veteran, as defined in section 197.447, if the veteran is a Minnesota resident.
  10. A student who meets Minnesota Dream Act requirements.