Grants and Scholarships
Financial support for all
Grants and scholarships are two forms of gift aid that you don’t need to pay back. Gift aid can come from Hamline, the Minnesota State government, the federal government, or outside sources.
Students must maintain full-time status to be eligible for a Hamline-sponsored grant or scholarship assistance, while other forms of aid require half-time status. You can verify your enrollment status by checking the table below.
Please note that only courses required for your program count toward your enrollment status for financial aid. Students are no longer eligible for federal or state funding after they complete all the academic requirements for their program (i.e., BA, BS, or BBA), regardless if they select not to receive that degree for reasons such as adding a second major, minor, etc.
Determine your enrollment status
|Program types||Enrollment status||Credit requirement|
Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, online bachelor’s, teaching licensure
|Half-time||At least 6 credits per semester|
|Full-time||At least 12 credits per semester|
|Full-time (for state grants)||At least 15 credits per semester for full reward|
|Master’s, doctorate, graduate certificates||Half-time||At least 4 credits per semester|
|Full-time||At least 8 credits per semester|
Hamline gift aid and scholarships
Merit scholarships are awarded based on your admission materials—no separate application needed! Additional support of up to $5,000 is also available.
On-campus transfer students can get up to $26,000 for academic achievement. We have awards for Phi Theta Kappa, heritage applicants, and first-generation students too.
International undergraduate scholarships
Incoming international students are eligible for scholarships based on academic excellence (up to $25,000 per year), talent across disciplines, ESL program completion, and more.
If you’re a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking student, you have options for financing your education. See what scholarships your program offers.
Outside scholarships for all students
Our growing list of outside scholarships can help you find extra funding. Explore your options and learn how we disburse these third-party awards.
When are grants and scholarships credited?
Financial aid will be disbursed approximately two weeks after the start of each term. This ensures accuracy, allowing the Financial Aid Office to adjust aid packages to reflect actual enrollment after the Add/Drop period. Credit refunds are processed no later than 14 days after a credit balance is shown on a student's account. J-Term/Winter and Spring enrollment will be combined and considered as Spring Term for aid disbursement purposes.
Award offer changes and revisions
If we receive new or additional information about your housing, outside funding, enrollment status, etc., your financial aid is subject to change. Any Hamline merit and/or need-based scholarships and grants may be funded by a named donor scholarship. Students will retain the honorary winner of the original award. An email will be sent to your Hamline email account. If you ever need a paper copy of your financial aid offer, you may request one from Student Administrative Services.
State gift aid
Minnesota State Grants for undergraduate and online bachelor’s degree completion students
Minnesota State Grants are given by the state of Minnesota. Students are eligible for state grants for the equivalent of eight full-time semesters. This total includes all previous postsecondary 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 prorated if registered for less. Beginning in the fall 2021 semester, winter term credits will be combined with spring semester credits to determine your spring state grant eligibility.
Your eligibility to participate in the Minnesota State Grant Program is dependent on the 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. Failing to have your FAFSA received by the required deadline will result in a loss of funds for the term(s) in question.
The 2023-2024 undergraduate deadline is June 30, 2024.
Online Bachelor's Degree Completion program
The 2023-2024 Online Bachelor's Degree Completion program deadline is June 30, 2024.
Minnesota Student Teacher Grant for undergraduate and graduate students
The Minnesota Student Teacher Grant (formerly the Teacher Candidate Grant Program) has been divided into two grants: the Minnesota Student Teacher Grants in Shortage Areas and the Underrepresented Student Teacher Grants. Both provide financial assistance to students during the term they’re student teaching. We encourage you to apply if you belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce, as you’ll be given priority in the awarding process.
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education will determine your eligibility and communicate with students directly. Refer to its website for the application and specific guidelines.
You must inform Hamline that you’ve completed an application for this grant by emailing email@example.com. You must submit a “University Section,” which we’ll complete on your behalf. Your application will be seen as incomplete without this part of the application, so please don’t forget to contact us.
Fall term student teaching candidates, your deadline is July 7, 2023. Spring student teaching candidates, your deadline is November 3, 2023. Summer student teaching candidates, your deadline is March 1, 2024.
Minnesota Aspiring Teachers of Color Scholarship Pilot Program
Minnesota Aspiring Teachers of Color Scholarship Pilot Program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing to become teachers, have demonstrated financial need, and belong to racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the state’s teacher workforce.
To be eligible, students must:
- Be enrolled at an eligible institution located in Minnesota in either:
- A Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) approved teacher preparation program seeking initial licensure; or
- A two-year program specifically designed to prepare early childhood educators
- Be a person of color or American Indian
- Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as defined by the institution
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or MN Dream Act application for aid year
- Demonstrate financial need
You can visit the Minnesota Aspiring Teachers of Color Scholarship Pilot Program
website for more details, and check out the application:
Once the student section is complete:
Send the application to the Fin Aid and we will complete the school application part and send both the student and school applications to OHE.
Send the student application directly to the OHE and notify Hamline's Financial Aid Office so we can complete the school part (if you do not notify us that you have sent in your application in, it could delay a completed application).
- Be enrolled at an eligible institution located in Minnesota in either:
The priority application deadline (July 7, 2023) has passed. Eligible students with complete applications (complete application = Student Section + College or University Section) on file by the deadline will be considered for awards (please refer to the manual in the case there is not enough funding for all eligible applicants). Applications will still be accepted after this date but students are much less likely to be awarded depending on the availability of funds.
Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program for undergraduate and graduate students
The Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP) is for citizens and enrolled members of federally recognized tribes or Canadian First Nations, regardless of the degree of ancestry or “blood quantum.” Scholarships are available to eligible undergraduate students enrolled at least three-quarter-time, and graduate students enrolled at least half-time. Students can receive full-year awards for up to three semesters.
Visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website for more information.
To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be:
- One-fourth or more American Indian OR be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation
- A Minnesota resident
- Enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational school in Minnesota
- An undergraduate student who qualifies for either a Pell or State Grant and demonstrates financial need, or a graduate student who demonstrates financial need
To apply, fill out the MISP application .
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, students must prove their American Indian ancestry by submitting documentation to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
Your documentation must meet all the following criteria:
- Issued by a tribe, Canadian First Nation, or other official government office
- Includes the applicant’s name and date of birth
- Lists the student’s blood quantum or degree of American Indian ancestry OR clearly states that the student is an enrolled member or citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation
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 veterans.
Eligible students may receive the following award amounts:
- Full-time: Up to $5,000 per year, to a lifetime maximum of $15,000
- Part-time: Eligible for a prorated amount based on the number of credits taken
Students can learn more and complete an online application at the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs 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 childcare while the student attends classes.
To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:
- Be a Minnesota resident
- Stay enrolled for at least 6 credits per term
- Not have completed 10 semesters of postsecondary education or five years full-time (or equivalent)
- Not have defaulted on a student loan
- Not be receiving assistance from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Eligible full-time students may receive up to $6,500 for each eligible child per academic year.
The amount of childcare assistance depends on the:
- Number of people in the student's household
- Number of day-care hours necessary to cover education and work obligations
- Income of the applicant and their spouse
- Availability of funding
- Student's enrollment status
To start your application, refer to the link below.
Minnesota Dream Act and/or qualifying DACA students
Undocumented students can apply for state financial aid by accessing the online Minnesota Dream Act State Financial Aid Application page. To be eligible for the Minnesota State Grant, submit an application no later than the 30th day of the term. The Minnesota Dream Act application should be submitted once for each academic year the student is enrolled in college.
Minnesota Fostering Independence Higher Education Grants
- Grant program for students who are currently or formerly Minnesota Foster Care
- Passed and signed into state statute with the 2021 Higher Education Omnibus Bill
- Students are eligible to receive a grant up to the recognized cost of attendance after subtracting federal, state, and third-party gift aid
- Placed in Minnesota Foster Care after age 13
- Education and Training Voucher Eligibility or Minnesota Resident
- Undergraduate student (has not received Bachelors Degree)
- Under age 27
- Graduated from high school or received a GED
- Accepted for admission or currently attending a participating eligible institution
- Complete FAFSA or MN Dream Act application
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
More Information can be found at the State of Minnesota Higher education website.
MN Education and Training Voucher (ETV)
Supports postsecondary education success for current and former foster youth. Students are eligible for up to five years. Applications are due between July 1 and April 1 of each year.
Find more information on the State of Minnesota website.
Public Safety Officer’s Survivor Grant
Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program, or a graduate degree program after June 30, 2011, at an eligible Minnesota institution, and have not received benefits for the maximum of 10 full-time semesters, or 15 full-time quarters. (A student who withdraws from enrollment for active military service is entitled to an additional semester of grant eligibility).
Awards are based on the annual average full-time tuition and mandatory fees charged by the institution, or the applicable tuition and fee maximum established in law. The annual full-time tuition and fee maximums are $16,106 for students in a 4-year degree or graduate program, and $6,484 for students in a 2-year degree program, prorated for term length and enrollment level.
Students who are eligible for funds from the Public Safety Officer’s Survivor Grant program may also be eligible for federal funds through the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship.
The Public Safety Officer's Survivor Grant provides an educational benefit to dependent children under age 23 (age extended to 30 for those who served on active military duty for at least 181 consecutive days and were honorably discharged or released) and the spouses of public safety officers killed in the line of duty. Eligibility is determined by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Federal gift aid
Federal TEACH Grant for undergraduate and master’s students
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $1,886 per semester in grants to undergraduate and graduate students who intend to teach full-time. Students enrolled in TEACH Grant-approved programs may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study and up to $8,000 for graduate study.
To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:
- Teach in a high-need subject area, as defined by the US Department of Education
- Teach at a school that serves students from low-income families
- Teach for at least four academic years
If you fail to meet the four-year teaching obligation within eight 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.
Federal Pell/SEOG for undergraduate and online bachelor's degree completion students
The Federal Pell and SEOG Grants are federally funded grants that get credited to your student account after the Financial Aid Office verifies your information with the federal processor.
Students are limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility. If you’ve attended college for four years or longer, receiving the Pell Grant each year, you’re likely to exhaust (or have already exhausted) your lifetime limit of 12 semesters of Pell Grant eligibility. If you’ve attended college and received the Pell Grant for three years or less, you will likely not surpass the lifetime limit during the upcoming school year.
Whether you’ve 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.
To view the percentage of Pell Grant eligibility you’ve used, go to the StudentAid.gov website.
Follow these steps:
- Click the large Log In button on the main page and sign in with your FSA ID and Password
- Once you’re signed in, select Grant History
- Click the View Details button for more in-depth information regarding your Pell Grant usage
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