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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who have been fully admitted into a graduate program at Minot State University. Students requesting financial aid MUST complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to make the final determination regarding the type(s) and amount of aid awarded to students.

Who May Apply
Students applying for federal financial aid must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  2. Be fully admitted into a graduate degree program
  3. Be enrolled in at least six (6) semester hours per term of attendance,(for financial aid purposes 6 semester hours is considered 1/2 time and 12 semester hours is full time)
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress towards completion of a course of study
  5. Not be in default on any Federal Student Loan Program
  6. Not owe repayment of any grant funds previously received.

How to Apply
Students applying for financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at completing the FAFSA, applicants must list Minot State University's School Code (002994).

An application for admission must be on file and students must be fully admitted into a degree granting program offered at Minot State University.

Students applying for financial aid for the summer term are required to complete an Institutional Financial Aid Application in addition to the FAFSA which is available at beginning in late March each year.

When to Apply
Students may apply for financial aid any time throughout the academic year. Allow four to five weeks processing time. CAUTION: Students completing the FAFSA incorrectly or omitting necessary information may be required to resubmit the FAFSA. This will cause a delay in determining a student's financial aid eligibility. The date a student's file is complete is the day the corrected forms are received in the Financial Aid Office. Students who have a completed file by April 15 may expect to be notified of their financial aid package in June.

How Financial Aid is Awarded
Financial aid is awarded based on need and the availability of funds. Need is the difference between the estimated cost of education as determined by the University, and the expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA. A need exists if the expected family contribution is less than the estimated cost of education.

The estimated cost of education includes those costs recognized by the federal government as necessary for a student to pursue an education. To view the estimated cost of attendance, visit our website at

Withdrawal from the University
A student who finds it necessary to terminate enrollment from the University must officially withdraw by completing a Withdrawal Form with the Financial Aid Office. Students may withdraw through the twelfth week of the fall and spring semesters and through the sixth week of the summer session. Failure to follow this official process will result in a series of failed grades (F's) being permanently posted on their academic record.

If a student wishes to withdraw from all courses and is unable to come to the Financial Aid Office, the student may request to be withdrawn by completing the online Withdrawal Form at

Types of Financial Aid
Minot State University offers four types of financial aid: (1) traineeships, (2) loans, (3) scholarships, and (4) student employment. Traineeships are gifts of money, which do not have to be repaid. Loans are borrowed money which MUST be repaid. Scholarships are gifts awarded to students on the basis of academic achievement, need, or other demonstrated abilities. Student employment allows the student to work and earn money for educational purposes.

The financial programs listed represent the major programs offered at Minot State University. Students are encouraged to apply for other aid such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran's Benefits, Military Assistance, and Bureau of Indian Affairs Grants.

Federal Traineeships
Some departments offer federal traineeships to graduate students pursuing a graduate degree in specific areas. Interested graduate students should contact the appropriate department chairperson regarding traineeships available.

Federal TEACH Grant
The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4000 a year in grant assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who are completing course work needed to begin working in a high-need teaching field. Students must score above the 75th percentile on one part of an admissions test (such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, etc.) or achieve and maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA for each semester in order to be eligible to receive a TEACH grant. Students receiving a TEACH Grant must sign an Agreement to Serve(ATS) each year that explains that each recipient must teach for four years within eight years of completing or ceasing enrollment in a TEACH Grant eligible program as a full-time highly-qualified teacher in a low-income elementary or secondary school in a high-need field such as Math, Science, Foreign Language, Special Education, Reading Specialists or other high-need fields listed on the US Department of Education's Nationwide Listing of Teacher Shortage Areas. A TEACH Grant recipient who fails to complete the required teaching service requirement must repay the grant as an Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan with interest accruing from the date of disbursement.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is a long term, low interest rate loan that must be repaid. Students are responsible for paying the interest on these loans while enrolled and during grace periods. Students may apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan by completing the FAFSA. If eligible, students may borrow up to $20,500 per year or up to the Cost of Attendance, whichever is less. Repayment of the loan begins six months after a student graduates, leaves school, or drops to less than half-time enrollment status. Students receiving a Federal Direct Loan must complete an Entrance loan counseling session before their first loan disbursement and an Exit Loan Counseling session is required when they graduate or terminate enrollment at MSU.

Satisfactory Progress
Federal regulations require institutions participating in federal financial aid programs to measure a student's progress towards obtaining a degree. To be eligible to receive financial aid, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Academic standard (qualitative)—graduate students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Rate of progress standards (quantitative)—students must successfully complete two-thirds of the cumulative hours attempted.
  3. Maximum Time Frame. All students are required to complete their degree within 150% of the published number of credits needed to complete their program of study. The maximum number of credits includes all prior credits attempted while attending Minot State University and any credits attempted at other colleges or universities whether or not federal financial aid was received while completing those credits. Students who are approaching the maximum attempted credit hour limit will receive a Financial Aid Information Service Indicator on Campus Connection to warn them that they are close to reaching this limit.

A detailed copy of Minot State University's satisfactory progress policy for financial aid eligibility may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

Return of Title IV Funds Policy
Students who withdraw from school and who have received federal funds may have to repay a portion of those funds back to the federal aid programs. The portion of funds that must be returned is calculated by dividing the number of calendar days attended by the number of calendar days in the term. The return of funds will be calculated through 60% of the term, which is approximately the first 70 calendar days of a fall or spring semester.

Example: The term is 116 calendar days in length and the student decides to withdraw on the 21st calendar day of the term. The student has earned 18.1% of the funds received and must repay 81.9% of the funds. If the student received $2,600.00 the student would have to repay $2,129.40.

The impact this federal regulation will have on students who withdraw from school is that they will have to repay, at the time of withdrawal, a portion of the funds they received for the term of attendance.

Students who owe a repayment of funds: (1) will not be entitled to enroll in subsequent terms, (2) will not be eligible to receive additional federal funds, and (3) will have a hold put on their grade transcripts until their account is paid in full. In addition, these students may have their account reported to the US Department of Education for further action.

Students who receive institutional scholarships may have to repay a portion of those funds based upon the return of funds formula.

Appeal Process
A student with special circumstances may appeal his/her financial aid status by submitting documentation to the Financial Aid Office explaining those circumstances. Documentation received will be reviewed, and the results will be available at the Financial Aid Office.

Graduate Assistantships
Assistantships are University appointments that provide financial support to outstanding graduate students. These assistantships allow students to gain experience in teaching and research at the University level.

Graduate Assistantships:
  1. Give faculty more time for research and faculty development, thus strengthening the graduate program;
  2. Are used as a recruiting tool to attract talented students to Minot State University;
  3. Benefit all areas and programs on campus as a graduate may pursue a graduate degree in one program while conducting research or teaching in another area;
  4. Improve the academic quality of Minot State University.

An assistantship is based on a portion of the students' full time status for the specific job assigned. This could be teaching one class or conducting research for 10 hours per week during the academic year or 12 1/2 hours during the summer term. Each Department Chair will provide a job description to the Graduate Assistant and the Graduate School. It is expected that a 1/4 time assistant would relieve faculty time for that job for 1/4 time. Each term, the student receiving a Graduate Assistantship must enroll in a minimum of 6 semester hours of coursework during the academic year or 3 semester hours during summer session or be completing thesis or project credits. Students enrolled in thesis or project credits or have an in progress grade are eligible to receive 2 years of graduate assistantship funding. Students enrolled in Education Specialist programs and have thesis or project credits in progress are eligible to receive 3 years of graduate assistantship funding. Students enrolled in doctoral programs and have dissertation credits in progress are eligible to receive 4 years of graduate assistantship funding.

Assistantship applications may be obtained by contacting the Graduate School. The completed application must be received in the Graduate Office by April 1.