Eligibility for Financial Aid


You must complete the FAFSA application and meet any additional requirements for a loan, grant, or scholarship. You are eligible to receive financial aid if you meet the following federal and state requirements.

More information about Pell grants



  • You must be enrolled in a certificate, diploma, or degree program that is at least 16 credits long
  • You can receive financial aid for development credits (coursework below 1000 level) up to 30 attempted credit hours
  • Classes with a grading method of Audit or Test Out are not eligible for financial aid
  • Courses added after the last day to add/drop full-term courses are not eligible for Federal Pell grant
  • Continuing education and custom training courses are not eligible for financial aid

Other Qualifications

Eligible students must:

  • Have a high-school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Not currently be receiving financial aid at another college
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan

Maintaining Eligibility 

Once you are a student at Minneapolis College, in order to continue to be eligible for financial aid you need do the following:

  • Make satisfactory academic progress as measured by your GPA (minimum 2.0) and rate of completing courses (minimum 67 percent). Progress is evaluated at the end of each semester.
  • Finish within your program's maximum timeframe (up to 150% of the number of credits required in your program)
  • Attend your classes (including participation in online courses). If the College administratively withdraws you from a course because you have not attended classes, you may have to pay back all or part of your financial aid (see Federal Refund Policy).
  • Complete any development credits for which you want financial aid in fewer than 30 credit hours.
  • Not be convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid such as grants, loans, and work study. Read more information about drug convictions (PDF)