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Learn More. Pay Less!

Minnesota State Community and Technical College helps make college possible with many programs that help lower the cost of earning a degree.

Our tuition already is an exceptional value. Tuition for M State students has been frozen since 2013, and it will decrease by 1 percent for the 2016-17 academic year at M State and the other colleges within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

In addition, special scholarships and programs make attending M State even more affordable.

Check out these opportunities, and remember that the first step in getting financial assistance through most scholarships and grants is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.ed.gov. (M State's FAFSA Code is 005541.) You must complete the FAFSA in order to demonstrate financial need, which is required for many grants and scholarships.


Alliss Grant

The Alliss Two-Year Opportunity Grant is available to students who have financial need and are enrolled in AA, AS, AAS, AFA, diploma, certificate and Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses designed to transfer to baccalaureate programs.

Students who enroll at M State are automatically considered for the Alliss Grant as part of the financial aid award process; qualified students will be contacted and asked to complete an application. Awards range from $350 to $1,100 per year and may be renewable.

Students who already earned a baccalaureate degree are not eligible.



The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program allows high school students to take college courses (taught by college or university faculty members) on a college campus or online.

Tuition and the cost of textbooks are paid by the school district. Students who participate in PSEO for their last two years of high school and complete the required number of credits are able to graduate concurrently from high school and M State with an associate degree.

To be eligible, high school juniors and seniors must meet minimum academic criteria. If you are interested in PSEO, talk to your high school guidance counselor and college admissions staff to determine if you qualify and learn the specific deadlines for enrollment. It is not necessary to demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for PSEO.



M State's up2U program rewards students who plan to earn an M State AA, AS or AFA transfer degree and transfer to an up2U partner university to complete a four-year degree. Through up2U, students can earn a scholarship award of between $250 and $18,000 for one academic year at one of our partner universities.

To qualify, students need to enroll as a new student at M State (sorry, current and transfer students don't qualify) and meet specific criteria. Participation in up2U is not based on financial need. Prior to graduating from M State, students also must take the CLA+ performance task assessment.

The amount of the scholarship award will be based on the student's GPA and score on the CLA+.

For more information, visit our Up2U page or call 877.450.3322.


Foundation Scholarships

M State awards numerous scholarships through its four campus foundations, which are dedicated to making college affordable for qualifying students. Thanks to the generosity of M State's supporters and alumni, our foundations are able to award over 200 scholarships totaling more than $200,000 each year.

Apply for all Fergus Area College Foundation scholarships with a single online application. The priority deadline for applications is April 1, with scholarships available for both first- and second-year students.

The Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation offers a variety of scholarships each year. The deadline for this application for the Fall Semester is April 15.

The Wadena Area College Foundation offers a variety of scholarships throughout the year. Application deadlines are April 15.

For information about the scholarships available at the M State campus you will attend, click on a link below.


For more information, contact

  • Denise Laymon, Chief Development and Alumni Officer, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Wadena, 218.846.3720.
  • Lori Larson, Executive Director, Fergus Area College Foundation, 218.736.1514


The Power of YOU

M State's Power of YOU provides two years of tuition-free college education to up to 100 area high school graduates, allowing them to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with no student debt.

Using scholarship funds contributed by community donors, POY scholarships pay for all tuition costs that are not covered by state and federal grants. Along with financial assistance, the program also provides advising and academic support services to help students reach their academic and career goals.

Students from specific high schools are eligible for scholarships on each of our campuses. To see whether you're eligible, visit our website or call 877.450.3322. POY scholarships are based on financial need and other eligibility requirements.

Priority consideration will be given to students pursuing Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Fine Arts transfer degrees.


Business Sponsorships

Business partners in some high-demand career fields have created sponsorships that support students in specific M State degree and diploma programs. Sponsored students may receive reimbursement for tuition and tools, as well as employment during the summer and the academic year.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and requirements, please check our program information.


Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Minnesota's Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program will provide new M State students with tuition-free training and mentor support for an in-demand career.

Created by the 2015 Legislature, it is being implemented for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years as a pilot. The program targets new students who enroll in career and technical programs in the state's two-year colleges in the 2016-17 fall term, and the grant can be renewed for the 2017-2018 academic year for qualified students.

Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

More than 70 certificate, diploma and degree programs at M State qualify for the pilot program.

Grant recipients must be Minnesota residents and meet income guidelines. They also must graduate from a Minnesota high school, complete an ABE program or pass a GED test between July 1, 2015, and Aug. 21, 2016.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information, call 877.450.3322. A list of eligible M State programs is posted below.

Last modified: February 17th, 2017 at 11:16am