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Grants are a form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. They can be provided by the federal government, the state of Minnesota, or private or nonprofit organizations. Students must complete the FAFSA form to be considered for a grant.

Almost all federal grants and state grants are awarded to students with financial need. Most grants also require students to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

  • Other applications may be required
  • Grants may reduce your eligibility for other financial aid
  • Students who plan to attend summer session may also be eligible for grants
  • Most grants require students to maintain satisfactory academic progress

As you search for gift aid, don't forget to research the wide array of scholarships available from different agencies, companies, civic organizations and individuals who support higher education. Many students leave Anoka-Ramsey nearly debt-free, thanks to college scholarships.

Need help deciding on financial aid?

Call the financial aid office at 763- 433-1500

  • The Pell Grant Program is a federal grant. For the 2016–17 award year (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017), the maximum award is $5,815.

    Note: To be eligible for a Pell Grant, students must be registered for the courses they intend to complete by the
    fifth day of each term.

    Changes to your schedule after the add/drop period for Pell Grant

    Your class schedule must be firm and you should not make any changes after the 5th day of the semester or you risk aid reductions.  It is expected that you will attend your registered courses. If you decide to add a late start course after the 5th day of the semester your Pell Grant cannot be adjusted for the increase in credits.  If you drop a class and add another class that is the same number of credits after the 5th day of the semester, your aid will be negatively affected, as the add will not be recognized. 

  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity grant (FSEOG) is awarded to undergraduate students
    who have exceptional financial need and have not yet earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

    Student need and application timing determine the availability of funds.

  • This two year pilot program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualified programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high demand occupation.

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College Qualifying Occupational Programs

    Because this program listing is subject to change, students should check with the college to make sure the program is eligible. In order for the student to participate in the pilot program, the student must be admitted into and start the occupational program during fall term 2016.

    A.A.S Degree Programs 
    Accounting Practitioner
    Network Administration
    System Administration
    A.S Degree Programs Accounting
    Applied Engineering Technology
    – Biomedical Design        
    Biomedical Technology
    Community Health
    Computer Networking & Telecommunications         
    Computer Science
    Health Sciences (Broad Field)
    Human Resources Associate
    Integrative Health and Healing
    Pharmacy Technician
    Sales Management  
    Certificate Programs Administrative Specialist
    Athletic Coaching
    Biomedical Core
    Biomedical Technician
    Business Communication
    Business Computer Applications
    Business Generalist
    Clinical Research Professional
    Computer Help Desk Specialist
    Computer Network Security
    Computer Programming
    Integrative Health and Healing
    Network Support and Administration
    Quality Systems for Biomedical Industry 
    Retail Management
    Small Business Accounting  
    Student eligibility requirements

    To qualify for the grant the student must:

    • Be admitted and begin enrollment is a qualifying certificate, diploma, AS or AAS program during the Fall 2016 semester immediately following: High school graduation during the 2015-2016 academic year; or completing an Adult Basic Education program or passing a GED test as a Minnesota resident during the 2015-2016 academic year; or completing a 12 or 24 month AmeriCorps program during the 2015-2016 academic year that started immediately after high school graduation during an earlier academic year.
    • Meet the definition of a Minnesota resident used for state financial aid programs
    • Have an adjusted gross income (or wages for non-filers) of $90,000 or less for the 2015 tax year. If applying as a dependent student, parental income is used. If applying as an independent student, the student (and spouse's, if married) income is used.
    • Participate in free mentoring services throughout the student's academic program.
    • Have tuition and fee charges that are not fully covered by Pell Grant and State Grant during fall semester 2016.
    Grant Amount

    The grant will cover any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the Federal Pell Grant and Minnesota State Grant have been applied. Program-specific fees and equipment are not covered. The grant is available for up to 72 semester credits, including any required developmental courses taken after admission to the qualifying program. These funds are a form of financial aid and do not need to be paid back.

    How to Apply

    We recommend that you

    1. Apply to Anoka Ramsey Community College
    2. Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA or for undocumented students, the MN Dream Act Application
    3. Check student e-mail account and submit any required documents to the college in a timely manner

    *Eligible students will be notified and must agree to mentoring services within 14 days of notification.

    First Year Grant

    A student must receive this grant during the fall term of 2016 in order to take part in the pilot program. The grant will be available for each term of the 2016-2017 academic year, including summer term 2017, provided the student has tuition and fee charges not covered by federal and state grants. The amount of this grant can change each term depending on the student's enrollment level, tuition and fees and the amount of the student's federal and state grants.

    A student in a program requiring more than 30 semester credits (including any required developmental courses) must complete at least 30 credits during the 2016-2017 academic year to meet the conditions for grant renewal during the 2017-2018 academic year. Students enrolled in shorter programs must complete their programs during the 2016-2017 academic year.

    Second Year Grant Conditions for Renewal

    The grant can be renewed for the 2017-2018 academic year if the student meets the following conditions:

    • Submits a 2017-2018 FAFSA (or 2017-2018 MN Dream Act state financial aid application for undocumented students) and any other required documents in a timely manner
    • Successfully completed at least 30 semester credits during the 2016-2017 academic year, including summer term 2017
    • Participated in required free mentoring services during the 2016-2017 academic year
    • Making satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year and for each term of the 2017-2018 academic year
    • Student's college certifies the student is on track to complete the program during the 2017-2018 academic year.
    Required Mentoring Services

    To support students throughout their academic programs, this pilot program requires recipients to participate in free mentoring services including, but not limited to:

    • Communicating with the mentoring service throughout program participation
    • Developing a personalized student success plan which includes
      • Concrete steps towards program completion and job placement
      • Identification of and contingency plans for potential obstacles to completion
    • Making connections to on-campus resources and personal development opportunities
    • Financial planning

    If you have questions about the Minnesota State Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program, please contact Anoka-Ramsey Community College at 763-433-1500 or If you have questions about a particular occupational program, please contact the admissions office at 763-433-1300.

  • State grants help students from low- and moderate-income families pay for educational expenses at eligible Minnesota colleges or universities. Students must be at least 17, residents of Minnesota and graduates of a secondary school/high school or its equivalent.

    • Students must be enrolled for at least three credits at Anoka-Ramsey or another eligible school
    • The maximum award for 2016-2017 ranges from about $6,927 at a public two-year college to a minimum award of $100 per year
    • Applicants are required to contribute at least 50 percent of their price of attendance out of savings, earnings, loans or other assistance from school or private sources
    • FAFSA application must be received by the federal processing center within 30 calendar days of the start of the semester
  • The state GI Bill provides financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans and service members, as well as eligible spouses and children of deceased or severely disabled eligible Minnesota veterans.

    Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester or term and part-time students may be eligible to receive up to $500 per semester or term.

  • This program helps low-income students with young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. Funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come basis.

    To qualify, students must:

    • Be Minnesota residents.
    • Be enrolled for at least six credits per term.
    • Not have completed four years of post-secondary education. Students who have withdrawn for active military service after December 31, 2002 are given an extra term of eligibility.
    • Not have defaulted on a student loan.
    • Not be receiving benefits from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). Students receiving General Assistance (GA) are eligible.

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