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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.


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.


Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based aid for undergraduate students and does not have to be repaid. For qualified full-time students taking 12-15 credits, the full Federal Pell Grant of $5,920 will completely cover M State tuition and fees for full-time attendance during the 2017-18 academic year.

In 2016-17, nearly 2,300 M State students qualified for grant aid that covered 100 percent of their tuition and fees.

Apply for the Pell Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible, students must be an undergraduate who has not earned a bachelor's degree (with limited exceptions) and be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.

A student's Pell Grant award depends on financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.


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.

The M State Foundation and Alumni offers a variety of scholarships each year. The deadline for this application for the Fall Semester is April 15 and Spring Semester is October 31. Click here to apply for scholarships for the Detroit Lakes, Moorhead or Wadena campuses.

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.

For more information about M State scholarships and our foundations, 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 Postsecondary 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.

Last modified: August 4th, 2017 at 10:05am