Minnesota Future Together Grants
This new program will provide eligible Minnesotans with a tuition-free pathway for earning a certificate, diploma, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree at any public institution in the state. The grants are available starting spring 2022 through 2024 OR until all funds are dispensed, whichever comes first.
Who is eligible?
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for a Minnesota Future Together Grant:
You are a Minnesota resident, including students who apply for state financial aid via the MN Dream Act Application
You are attending a public higher education institution which includes Central Lakes College
You first enrolled during the 2022-23 school year, OR you are returning to college and have not been enrolled at any college in the last three semesters
You are enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a program that leads to a career in one of the following high-need areas:
Advanced Farm Business Management
Agricultural Commodities Marketing
Applications in Farm Business Management
Automotive Technology AAS, Diploma
Business Management AAS
Computer Information Technology AAS
Criminal Justice AAS
Criminal Justice Certificate
Current Issues in Farm Business Management
Dental Assisting AAS
Diesel Equipment AAS
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education Diploma
Emergency Medical Response Technician
Essentials of Farm Business Management
Exercise Science Transfer Pathway
Graphic Design AAS, Diploma
Health Sciences Broadfield AS
Healthcare Administrative Specialist
Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance
Law Enforcement Skills Certificate
Marine Powersports Technology Diploma
Meat Cutting and Butchery
Medical Assistant AAS
Natural Resource Law Enforcement AAS
Natural Resource Technology AAS
Specialty Crops Management
Sustainable Greenhouse Production Diploma
Videography Production, AAS
Welding and Fabrication AAS, Diploma
You meet all standard eligibility requirements for Minnesota Office of Higher Education programs including, but not limited to: Not in default on a state or federal student loan, not on a SAP/FA suspension, and Not have already earned a baccalaureate degree
You meet ONE of the following requirements:
Have a Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) reported on FAFSA or State Aid Application of less than $100,000 and have worked in a critical industry listed in Executive Order 20- 74 at least part-time between March 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021; OR received unemployment benefits between March 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021; OR
Have a Family AGI reported on FAFSA or State Aid Application less than $50,000
I’m eligible, what now?
If you answered yes to all of the criteria above, you may be eligible for a Minnesota Future Together Grant. Here are two easy steps to ensure you do not miss out on this exciting, tuition-free opportunity:
1.Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form OR Minnesota Dream Act Application if you haven’t already done so for the 2022-2023 school year. Completing the applicable form will serve as the application for receiving a Minnesota Future Together Grant, as well as other grants and financial aid resources. Access the FAFSA form. Access the Minnesota Dream Act Application.
2. If you receive a Minnesota Future Together Grant, your college will contact you. They may also follow up with additional questions to determine your eligibility.
Central Lakes College is reviewing currently enrolled students for eligibility and will contact you with an award amount or additional questions to determine your eligibility. Please be sure to check your CLC school email account for updates.
If you do not receive a communication from the financial aid office, but believe that you are eligible for the fall term, please send an email to email@example.com to request a review of your file.