Eligibility / How to Apply

Title IV School Code: 002994

In order for students to receive financial aid, they must meet certain eligibility requirements. Students must:

  • Be a US citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Be fully admitted to Minot State.
  • Be accepted into a degree granting program.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Not be in default on federal student loan(s).
  • Not owe a repayment of any grant funds previously received.
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time in order to be eligible for student loans.
    • Undergraduate: half-time - 6 credits or more
    • Graduate: half-time - 5 credits or more

Applying for financial aid starts with an online FREE application called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. The application can be completed at FAFSA.gov and must be completed every year.

We encourage all students and parents who are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to do so when completing the FAFSA. The IRS DRT allows students and parents who filed a U.S. tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and transfer the data directly to their FAFSA. Follow these step by step instructions on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

FAFSA is available on October 1 for the upcoming Fall, Spring and Summer academic year.

  • 2018 - 19 FAFSA - Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019
  • 2019 - 20 FAFSA - Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020

Minot State's priority funding deadline is April 15. However, if you are past the April 15 deadline we will still process your application and award you what you are eligible for, some funding for Federal Work-Study and University Grants are limited on a first come first serve basis. It's important to apply early and submit any requested documents as soon as possible to maximize your eligibility.

How is Your Amount of Federal Aid Determined?

12+ credits - full time
9 - 11 credits - 3/4 time
6 - 8 credits - half time
1 - 5 credits - less than half time

Your enrollment at 11:59 pm on the last day to add/drop a regular 16 week course at 100% refund of tuition and fees for fall and spring semester will determine your enrollment status for Minot State Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, the Federal Pell Grant, ND State Grant, ND Career & Tech, ND Academic and other scholarships, be sure all changes to your enrollment are completed by that time.

Your initial award is based on full-time enrollment. If you plan to enroll in less than twelve credits per semester, please notify the Minot State Financial Aid Office by email at financialaid@minotstateu.edu.

For a complete schedule of dates and deadlines refer to our Minot State calendar.

Repeating courses may affect the student's eligibility for Title IV aid. (Ex: If a student repeats a previously passed course for a second time, those credits cannot be included in the student's enrollment status.) Title IV aid includeds all federal programs such as grants, loans, and work-study.

Your eligibility for federal student aid (grants, loans or work-study) may be suspended if you were convicted for an offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment in which you received federal student aid. If you have been convicted of a drug offense, contact the Minot State Financial Aid Office immediately and preview the FAFSA Drug Eligibility Worksheet.

If your eligibility for federal student aid has been suspended due to a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility early by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program or by passing two unannounced drug tests administered by an approved drug rehabilitation program. If you regain eligibility during the award year, notify the Minot State Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility.



Applicants who provide an email address when completing their FAFSA will receive a response email once their FAFSA has been processed. Included in this email is a secure link to their StudentAid Report (SAR). Applicants who do not provide an email address will be mailed a paper SAR. Applicants should check their SAR for errors and make corrections. The Financial Aid Office can also assist with corrections.

After you have applied for admission and your financial aid package has been completed, you will receive an award notice from Minot State. Your award notice will show your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is the amount you and your family are expected to contribute to the cost of your education. Your award notice also shows the types and amounts of aid you qualify for.

Minot State reserves the right to make adjustments to your award if additional information becomes available.  Revised award notices will be emailed to students who have had their aid adjusted. Adjustments may be based on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Changes resulting from verification
  • Changes in enrollment status
  • Other scholarships or grants received
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Other third party payments

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