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Eligibility for financial aid

Many students qualify for some type of financial aid. The eligibility requirements for most types of financial aid are below. You can find more information at Federal Student Aid.

Information about financial aid opportunities for undocumented students under the Minnesota Dream Act is also available.


Formal admission is different from just taking classes. Most financial aid requires admission to a degree-seeking program. 

There is limited aid available for non-degree and certificate-seeking students.

Financial aid awards are based on the number of credits you are enrolled in. Audited courses do not count toward financial aid eligibility.

Review the minimum undergraduate credit requirements for financial aid.

Review the minimum graduate credit requirements for financial aid.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is used to define successful completion of coursework and timely progress toward degree completion to maintain eligibility for student financial aid.

If you are admitted to a second undergraduate degree program, you may be eligible for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. If you add a second major to a bachelor's degree you have already received from the University of Minnesota, you are not eligible for Federal loans.

If you are required to complete prerequisite courses before admission to an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program, you may be eligible for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. Contact One Stop Student Services and complete a Petition to Reinstate Financial Aid Eligibility form to apply for federal financial aid.