MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program


The Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program provides financial assistance to students enrolling in South Central College and other two-year colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The goal is to have students complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation. The program was created by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature and will begin Fall Semester of 2016. 

Which South Central College programs qualify?
See a list of pdfqualifying occupational programs offered by South Central College. In order for to participate in the pilot program, you must be admitted into and start the occupational program during fall term 2016.

Does the program really offer Free Tuition?
Yes.  For those who qualify (see below), the grant will cover any remaining tuition and general fee charges after your Federal Pell Grant and MN State Grant have been applied to your account for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.  

Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for the grant, the student must:

  • Be admitted and begin enrollment in a qualifying certificate, diploma, AS or AAS program at a MnSCU two-year college during Fall semester 2016 immediately following either the 2015-2016 academic year or after that academic year and before fall semester begins:
    • High school graduation during the 2015-2016 academic year; or
    • Completing an Adult Basic Education program or passing a GED test as a Minnesota resident; or
    • Completing a 12 or 24-month Americorps program during the 2015-2016 academic year that started immediately after high school graduation during an earlier academic year.
  • Meet the definition of a MN resident used for state financial aid programs 
  • Have an adjusted gross income (or wages for non-filers) of $90,000 or less for the 2015 tax year
    • For a student applying as a dependent student, parental income is used
    • For a student applying as an independent student, student (and spouse’s, if married) income is used
  • Participate in free mentoring services throughout the student’s academic program
  • Have tuition and fee charges not fully covered by Pell and State Grants during fall semester 2016 

Apply Today!
To apply for the initial grant for the 2016-2017 academic year, students must complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students should apply using the following Special Application. Since funds are limited and applicants are ranked by application date, students are advised to apply as early as possible!

Want to know more?
For more information, see the following printable Program Information Sheet, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our North Mankato Faribault Campus at (507) 332-5800 or North Mankato Campus at (507) 389-7200. Additional information is also available on the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Website.