Special Financial Aid & Scholarship Information for Online Students

The University of Minnesota Crookston offers a single rate of tuition and fees to all students. Online students are not charged non-resident tuition and fees. This results in significant savings for a University of Minnesota diploma regardless of where you reside. Financial aid may be available for degree seeking students who qualify.

Students apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA. Please add the University of Minnesota Crookston’s school code: 004069. Consideration for financial aid cannot be guaranteed unless your FAFSA and any additional supporting documents are submitted to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Once the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships receives your FAFSA and additional requested documents, financial aid will be awarded. Students are encouraged to check their UMC email account and log in to MyU for updates and additional instruction.

Sign Up for Direct Deposit

If you are expecting a refund for excess financial aid, we encourage you to sign up for direct deposit through the MyU portal.

Enrollment Requirements for Financial Aid

Please note that online students are packaged with the same criteria as onsite students with the exception of work-study, which is not awarded to our online students. It is important to note that with few exceptions (see below), all institutional awards do require full-time (12 credits) enrollment. Federal and State Grant programs are pro-rated based on the number of credits for which a student is enrolled. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in order to receive loan funds.

It is important to remember that all students are packaged assuming full-time enrollment (12-15 credits). If you are taking fewer credits, you will be repackaged with the correct awards based on actual enrollment after the census date (the last day to drop or add a class).

  • University of Minnesota Crookston Online Scholarship
    To support a full-time or part-time degree seeking online student, eligible applicants include those that are enrolled as a degree seeking student in one of UMC's Online degree(s). This is a $500 annual scholarship where $250 is awarded each semester. Students apply through the Specialty Scholarship Online Application Process. The application is available early January through February 15th of each year for scholarships awarded the following academic year.
  • Berland Grant
    The grant pays for the tuition and fees of one class and required books to support students entering or returning back to school after a five year break. Students are eligible for the Berland Grant for one semester and may not receive other financial aid while receiving the Berland Grant. Download the Berland Grant Application.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Please note that the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is responsible for ensuring compliance of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy which requires we review transfer credit for maximum time frame. Federal regulations allow financial aid up to 150% of credits required to graduate (180 credits) from the University. For this reason, we encourage transfer students or students with prior degrees to visit with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships about the policy.

Important Reminders:

  1. Have you initiated your student account? This is where your ID/Password is established for log in procedures. If not, please go to http://www.umn.edu/initiateIf you have technical difficulty setting this up, please call 612-301-4357 for assistance.
  2. Please make sure you are checking your U of M email account often, as that is our official means of communication to you.
  3. To find out what step you are at in the financial aid process, go to the MyU (My Finances tab) often.
  4. Financial Aid will start to disburse into your student account starting at the earliest, ten days prior to the start of the semester and you can access any extra funds if applicable on the first day of classes.
  5. You may want to set up Direct Deposit, so that excess funds can be deposited into your bank account back home. To do so, click on the Direct Deposit link in MyU (My Finances tab) and follow instructions.
  6. If you are taking less than 12 credits each term, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships ahead of time, so that we can adjust your budget prior to disbursement. Otherwise what may happen is you may have to pay back financial aid that you are not eligible for after the 2nd week of classes.
  7. If you are choosing to apply for a private alternative loan, please go through the FASTChoice link to view some lender options and to apply. Please keep in mind that these loans typically take 2-3 weeks to process.
  8. If you would like a parent and/or 3rd party to be able to call and get information about your financial aid, please make sure that you’ve completed the Parent Guest Access steps listed below.

More information for online students may be found at the Center for Adult Learning.