Financial Aid and Scholarships for Online Students

UMC Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for degree seeking students who qualify. Contact the UMC Financial Aid & Scholarships Office for specific information at 1-800-UMC-MINN, extension 8576.

Note: Consideration for financial aid cannot be guaranteed unless your FAFSA and any requested supporting documents are submitted to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at least two weeks prior to the start of the block term.

Sign Up for Direct Deposit
For an easier distribution of excess financial aid, it is recommended that online students sign up for direct deposit by visiting MyU > My Finances, so funds can be directly deposited, instead of being sent via standard mail.

Scholarships & Grants for Online Students

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. For information on how to apply contact the Financial Aid Office: 800-862-6466 ext. 8569.

This online degree seeking scholarship; part time or full time.

Applicants can download the application below and submit to the Office of Financial Aid. Students will be asked to submit information including but not limited to their choice in choosing UMC, what their greatest challenges may be and what achievements are expected upon degree completion. The application for specialty scholarships opens in January with a February deadline and are awarded to students for the upcoming academic year. (Ex: Students who applied in January 2015 and were awarded a specialty scholarship will receive the scholarship for the upcoming 2015-2016 Academic year.)
Download the UMC Online Scholarship Application PDF File Icon

Berland Grant

The grant provides a financial incentive for enrollment in academic college classes for adults who have been out of school for at least five years. The grant will pay tuition and fee’s for a maximum of four-credits for one semester and required textbook.

Download the Berland Grant Application PDF File Icon

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Must have been out of school (high school and/or college courses for credit) for a minimum of five years.
  2. Must not be receiving other financial aid or receive tuition reimbursement from another source.
  3. Must not have earned a baccalaureate degree.
  4. Course must be academic (i.e., history, psychology, accounting, computer, etc.)
  5. Course must be taken on-campus or online through UMC

Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship: Honoring a Seeker and Leader

The Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship was established to assist women who, like Carol, are seekers. It memorializes Carol’s undying concern for fairness, for providing opportunities for women to find new paths, for the value of a thinking mind to ask difficult questions, and for respecting the nurturing roles women continue to play even as they take on various new responsibilities in their families and communities. Carol would be pleased to learn of the extraordinary accomplishments of Macpherson scholarship seekers and would applaud the adversities they overcome to pursue education and a better life.

Download the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship Application PDF File Icon

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Women students (28 years or older) who have had five-year or longer breaks in their post-secondary education
  2. Demonstrated financial need
  3. Admission or pending admission to an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree or credit certificate program at any U of M campus
  4. Meet half-time enrollment status minimum
  5. Provide academic transcripts of all college/post-secondary enrollment
  6. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed at least THREE weeks before the scholarship deadline – turn in the Student Aid Report (SAR) with your application
  7. Good academic standing at the University of Minnesota
  8. Submit support letters from two references who have known student & her educational goals

Additionally, applicant selection is "weighted" by the following characteristics:

  1. First generation in family to attend college
  2. First undergraduate degree
  3. Student parent status

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