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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 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


Business Sponsorships

Business partners in some high-demand career fields have created sponsorships and scholarships 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.

Last modified: July 13th, 2017 at 01:04pm