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NEW Automatic 4-Year Awards

We are excited to announce that beginning fall 2018, new freshman students who are admitted and meet the following academic criteria may be eligible for a renewable 4-Year award.

The best part? The only application needed for one of these awards is your application for admission to Minot State University. No separate application is required.


Have questions? Our Financial Aid office can help. 800-777-0750 ext. 3375, 701-858-3375 or financialaid@minotstateu.edu.


UP TO $12,000 OVER 4 YEARS
ACT Score:
30+
(or 1390+
SAT score)
High School GPA Award per Year
3.8 – 4.0 $3,000
3.5 – 3.79 $2,000
3.0 – 3.49 $1,500

UP TO $8,000 OVER 4 YEARS
ACT Score:
26 - 29 
(or 1240 – 1380
SAT score)
High School GPA Award per Year
3.8 – 4.0 $2,000
3.5 – 3.79 $1,500
3.0 – 3.49 $1,000

UP TO $6,000 OVER 4 YEARS
ACT Score:
21 - 25
(or 1060 – 1230
SAT score)
High School GPA Award per Year
3.8 – 4.0 $1,500
3.5 – 3.79 $1,000
3.0 – 3.49 $750

UP TO $4,000 OVER 4 YEARS
ACT Score:
19 - 20
(or 980 – 1050
SAT score)
High School GPA Award per Year
3.8 – 4.0 $1,000
3.5 – 3.79 $750
3.0 – 3.49 $500

Notice! Freshman Award Priority Deadline: July 1
(may continue to be awarded after the priority deadline, depending on funding availability)
  • New first year freshman student* with US or Canadian citizenship
  • All eligible fully admitted new freshman applicants will be evaluated based on the following information recorded by the MSU Enrollment Services Office:
    • Unweighted high school GPA
    • Composite ACT score or equivalent total SAT score
    • Must be fully admitted to MSU by July 1 for fall applicants and December 1 for spring applicants and meet the academic standards
    • New freshman students who start in the summer semester will be evaluated and awarded with the following fall semester applicants
    • Students fully admitted after the priority deadline may be considered if funding is available

        *Transfer students are not eligible for the MSU Automatic 4-Year Award

Students must:

  • Be enrolled in 12 or more MSU credits by the end of the 100% refund period for the 16 week semester (Financial Aid census date) each fall and spring semester
    • Collaborative classes are not included in the 12 credit enrollment minimum
  • Be continuously enrolled in consecutive fall and spring semesters
  • Maintain 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA 
  • Successfully complete 24 or more total MSU credits during the fall and spring semesters
    • Collaborative credits do not count as completed credits for the Automatic 4-Year Award
    • Remedial MSU credits do count as completed credits for the Automatic 4-Year Award
    • Successful completion requires a D or higher grade
    • Spring admits will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credits in their first semester to renew for the next year
    • Summer term can be used to make up credits to complete 24 total credits or to improve GPA if needed
    • Students who withdraw or do not complete the 24 total credits per academic year will not be eligible to renew the award for subsequent years

Automatic 4-Year Awards:

  • Are renewable for up to eight consecutive fall and spring semesters
  • Will be disbursed equally between fall and spring semesters
  • Will be evaluated for renewal at the end of spring semester each year
  • Are subject to change

The MSU Automatic 4-Year Awards will not be available to students:

  • Eligible for a more beneficial program such as the MSU Spouse Dependent Tuition Waiver or ND Veterans Dependent Tuition Waiver program
  • Enrolled in Study Abroad experiences with no regular MSU Tuition charged
  • Enrolled in programs that require remission of tuition to other organization
  • Transferring to MSU 

The MSU Automatic 4-Year Award may be reduced or not available in situations where the student is eligible for direct tuition payment from a third party payer.

The maximum amount a student can receive from institutional funds cannot exceed an amount equal to the tuition, fees and books, and room and board (if living on campus). Institutional funds include tuition waivers and scholarships.