• Financial Aid

  • Office of Financial Aid 
    finaid@hamline.edu
    651.523.3000
    800.888.2182
    Fax: 651.523.2585

    Hamline University
    Office of Financial Aid
    MS-C 1915
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104-1284

  • Grants and Scholarships

    Grants and scholarships are both forms of gift aid that you will not need to pay back. Gift aid can come from Hamline, the MN State Government, the Federal Government, or outside sources. Many gift aid programs are available to certain student types, and some require students to maintain certain credit and/or GPA levels, please see the information below for more details about various programs available.

    Hamline Gift Aid

    For Undergraduate Students 

    Hamline University is the largest single source of grant and scholarship assistance for undergraduate students. Generally, Hamline University-sponsored scholarships and grants come from Hamline alumni, friends, and the university financial aid fund. Some scholarships and grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and are automatically determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Other scholarships are merit-based are awarded during the admission process. A full list of merit-based scholarships for incoming students can be found at www.hamline.edu/scholarships.  

    Students must maintain full-time status to be eligible for a Hamline sponsored grant or scholarship assistance. Students are normally allowed grant and scholarship assistance up to eight cumulative terms, including all previous post-secondary work.

    For Master and Doctorate Students 

    A limited number of Graduate Assistantship positions are available in some graduate programs. Please contact your Admission Office for more information specific to your program.

    For Law Students 

    Hamline University School of Law has a limited number of merit-based scholarships for law students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of criteria submitted to the Admissions Office at the time of admission. Students receiving these scholarships will be notified by the Admissions Office. Other scholarships are selected by a committee from essays submitted by the student. Information on those scholarships can be found in the Assistant Dean’s Office.

    State Gift Aid

    Minnesota State Grants for Undergraduate Students

    Minnesota State Grants are given by the State of Minnesota. Students are eligible for State Grant for the equivalent of eight full time semesters in total. This total includes all previous post-secondary credits attempted or earned at other institutions. The amount listed on the award letter is an estimate until the state officially confirms award values for students. The estimated grant is based on full-time enrollment of 15 credits per semester and will be pro-rated if registered for less. However, winter term credits may be combined with either fall or spring semester to achieve 15 credits. The grant is credited to your account after the funds are forwarded to Hamline University by the state.

    Failing to have your application received by the required deadline will result in a loss of funds for the term(s) in question. The deadlines for Hamline students are as follows:

    Minnesota State Grant Program Deadlines for the 2014-2015 academic year:

    • Fall 2014: October 2, 2014
    • Spring 2015: March 5, 2015
    • Summer 2015: June 30, 2015

    Minnesota State Grant Program Deadlines for the 2013-2014 academic year:

    • Fall 2013: October 4, 2013
    • Spring 2014: March 6, 2014
    • Summer 2014: July 1, 2014

    Your eligibility to participate in the Minnesota State Grant Program is dependent on timely submission of your FAFSA. You can learn more about how to complete the FAFSA by viewing our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.

    Minnesota GI Bill for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    The Minnesota GI Bill provides financial assistance to Minnesota veterans and service members as well as eligible spouses and children of deceased or severely disabled eligible Minnesota veterans. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per term and part-time students can receive up to $500 per term. Students can learn more and complete an online application at Minnesota Office of Higher Education website. More information is also available by calling the Minnesota Office of Higher Education at 651-642-0675 or by contacting a regional representative of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Minnesota Postsecondary Child Care Grant for Undergraduate Students  

    The Minnesota Postsecondary Child Care Grant program offers small grants to eligible low-income students with young children to help pay for child care while the student attends classes. To be eligible, students must be Minnesota residents, be enrolled for at least six credits per term, not have completed four years of postsecondary education, not have defaulted on a student loan, and the student must not be receiving assistance from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). The maximum available to a full-time student is $2,800 for each eligible child per academic year. The amount of child care assistance depends on: the number of people in the student's household, the number of day care hours necessary to cover education and work obligations, income of the applicant and spouse, the availability of funding, and the student's enrollment status. To start your application, go to www.hamline.edu/faforms and print the Postsecondary Child Care Grant Application. 

    Federal Gift Aid  

    Federal TEACH Grant for Master and Undergraduate Students

    The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $1,982 per semester in grants to graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students enrolled in TEACH Grant-approved programs may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study and up to $8,000 for graduate study.
    Please note: If you fail to meet the 4-year teaching obligation within 8 years of completing or ceasing your degree program, your grant will convert to an unsubsidized Stafford loan. This loan will have to be repaid with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed.

    You can visit the Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant website for more information about the TEACH Grant Program. To start your application, go to www.hamline.edu/faforms and print the Hamline TEACH Grant Application.

    Federal Pell/SEOG for Undergraduate Students

    The Federal Pell and SEOG grants are federally funded grants that are credited to your student account after the Financial Aid Office verifies your information with the federal processor.

    Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Students that have received the Pell Grant in the academic year 2011-2012 and have already used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant starting Fall 2012.

    If you have attended college for 4 years or longer, receiving the Pell Grant each year, you are likely to exhaust or have already exhausted your lifetime limit of 12 semesters of Pell Grant eligibility during the upcoming school year. If you have attended college and received the Pell Grant for 3 years or less you will likely not surpass the lifetime limit during the upcoming school year. Whether you have used all of your Pell Grant eligibility or only half, please be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Pell Grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.

    You may view your percentage of Pell Grant used by logging into www.nslds.ed.gov. Your ‘Lifetime Eligibility Used’ percentage will be displayed in the ‘Grants’ section. You can also visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information.

    Outside Gift Aid

    Outside Gift Aid for All Student Types 

    Grants and scholarships can be applied for through a large variety of outside sources. For a list of scholarships Hamline is aware of, along with a list of great search sites, please visit www.hamline.edu/outsidescholarships. All outside scholarships, grants, and resources you receive must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Once Hamline University receives the outside scholarship or grant money, it is applied to your student account. If the term has not yet begun, the funds are held until they can be applied. Outside grants may reduce the self-help portion of your financial aid award.

    United Methodist Scholarships and Loans for Undergraduate Students

    These United Methodist Funds are only available to undergraduate students who are members of the United Methodist Church.

    When are Grants and Scholarships Credited to Your Account?

    Grants and scholarships will be credited to your account no earlier than the start of the term, assuming your financial aid is complete. J-term and spring enrollment will be combined for financial aid purposes. Federal grants and scholarships for this combined term will be credited to student accounts no earlier than the start of spring term. 

    Award Letter Changes and Revisions

    In the event that we receive new or additional information including, but not limited to housing, outside funding or enrollment, your financial aid is subject to change. Please be aware that all financial aid award letter changes/revisions will be sent to you electronically. An e-mail will be sent to your Hamline email account that will instruct you to log into Piperline to review your revised award. If at any time you would like a paper copy of your financial aid award, you may request one at Student Administrative Services.

  • Enrollment status: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate and teaching licensure

    Half-time*: At least 6 credits per semester.

    Full-time: At least 12 credits per semester.

    State Grant: At least 15 credits per semester for full award.

    Enrollment Status: Master and Doctorate

    Half-time*: At least 4 credits per semester.

    Full-time: At least 8 credits per semester.

    Enrollment Status: Law

    Half-time*: At least 6 credits per semester.

    Full-time: At least 12 credits per semester.

    Summer half-time*: At least 3 credits.

    Summer full-time: At least 6 credits.

    The Hamline School of Law requires an "Underload Status Request" for all students taking less than 8 credits per semester during the fall and spring.

    *Half-time status is a requirement for all federal and some alternative student loans.