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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 2019–20 award year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), the maximum award is $6,195.

    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.

  • 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
    • 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:

    • meet state residency requirements. Minnesota residents
    • not be recipients of Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). 
    • be enrolled 6-15 credits per term (undergraduates).
    • be an undergraduate or graduate student who has been enrolled full-time less than ten semesters or the equivalent. Students who have withdrawn for active military service after December 31, 2002 are given an extra term of eligibility.
    • not be in default of any educational loan.
    • be making satisfactory progress.
    • not be receiving tuition reciprocity benefits from another state.
    • be pursuing a nonsectarian program or course of study that applies to an undergraduate or graduate degree, diploma or certificate.

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