Eligibility / How to Apply

Title IV School Code: 002994

2023-2024 FAFSA - complete for fall 2023, spring 2024, summer 2024

2024-2025 FAFSA - complete for fall 2024, spring 2025, summer 2025 

Federal Student Aid Estimator - Use this tool to see how much federal student aid you may be eligible for in the 2024-2025 academic year. 

FAFSA Simplification and Changes to the 2024-2025 FAFSA
On December 27, 2020, the FAFSA Simplification Act was passed by congress. This act represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid starting with the 2024-25 award year. This law also makes it easier for students and families to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


  1. Create Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID - Create a FAFSA account. All participants must create an FSA ID. Create FSA ID's before starting the FAFSA!
  2. Stay informedStay informed of the FAFSA through the FSA website and MSU Facebook, Minot State University Financial Aid Office.  
  3. FAFSA Form - The 2024-2025 FAFSA is available to complete. All parent and spouse participants, with or without a SSN, can complete the FAFSA. 

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 StudentAid.gov and must be completed every year.

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

  • 2023-2024 FAFSA - Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024 
  • 2024-2025 FAFSA - Fall 2024, Spring 2025, Summer 2025
      *2024-2025 FAFSA became available late December 2023

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 offer 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 offer 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.

The MSU Repeated Coursework Policy explains how 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 includes all federal programs such as grants, loans, and work-study.


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 has been completed, you will receive a financial aid offer from Minot State. Your offer 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 financial aid offer also shows the types and amounts of aid you qualify for.

Minot State reserves the right to make adjustments to your offer if additional information becomes available.  Revised offers will be emailed to students who have had their financial 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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