Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for Federal and State Grants. Grants are gift-aid and generally do not need to be repaid.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is funded through the Federal Government. It is available to undergraduate students (those who have not completed their first bachelor’s degree). Eligibility is limited to the equivalent of six full-time years of receiving Pell Grant funds.

The Pell Grant was created to assist students with high financial need. Eligibility for the Pell Grant is based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. Federal Pell Grants awards are based on full-time attendance (12 or more credits) and will be prorated if the student is enrolled for less than 12 credits per semester. Students may not receive a Pell Grant from more than one institution at a time, even if enrolled at two different institutions for the same term. If enrolled at more than one institution, a Financial Aid Consortium Agreement is required.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant is funded through the Federal Government. It is available to undergraduate students (those who have not completed their first bachelor’s degree). Eligibility is limited to the equivalent of six full-time years of receiving Pell Grant funds.

The FSEOG was created to assist students with high financial need. Eligibility for the FSEOG is based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. FSEOG awards are based on full-time attendance (12 or more credits) and will be prorated if the student is enrolled for less than 12 credits per semester. Students may not receive an FSEOG from more than one institution at a time, even if enrolled at two different institutions for the same term. If enrolled at more than one institution, a Financial Aid Consortium Agreement is required.

Minnesota State Grant

The Minnesota State Grant is funded through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE). It is available to undergraduate students (those who have not completed their first bachelor’s degree) who are attending eligible Minnesota institutions. Eligibility is limited to the equivalent of four full-time years of attempted credits at all post-secondary institutions. Post-Secondary Education Option and military service credits are excluded.

The Minnesota State Grant was created to assist Minnesota resident students, as defined by MOHE, attending a Minnesota college. Residency requirements can be found by clicking here.

Students who complete the FAFSA by the 30th day of the term they wish to receive funding are automatically considered for State Grant eligibility. The grant is based on an enrollment of 15 credits and will be prorated if the student is enrolled for less than 15 credits per semester. If enrolled at more than one institution, a Financial Aid Consortium Agreement is required.

Alliss Grant

The Alliss Grant is an opportunity grant, designed to help adult learners begin college or return to college. The grant is not based on family income and is available to all new Minnesota community college students. The grant provides payment of tuition for one course up to 5 credits; plus the required textbook(s) for the course. The grant will apply toward a course that is accepted as an integral part of one of SCC's degree programs. This grant is provided by the ALLISS Educational Foundation.