Anoka Technical College students may be eligible for grants listed here. A grant is a type of aid that does not need to be repaid.

*NEW Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

The MNSCU Two Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualified programs at Anoka Technical College, so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high demand occupation.

Get started by reviewing the qualifying programs and eligibility requirements. If you meet all the criteria, apply today! The grant will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis and funds are limited.

Anoka Technical College Qualifying Occupational Programs

Because this program listing is subject to change, students should check with the college to make sure the program is eligible. In order for the student to participate in the pilot program, the student must be admitted into and start the occupational program during fall term 2016.

A.A.S. Degree Programs           

Administrative Specialist
Architectural Technology
Automotive Technician
Biomedical Equipment Technician
Business Data Technician
CNC Manufacturing Technology
Community Social Services
Electronic Engineering Technology
Health Information Technology
Information Technology Management
Landscape Technology
Mechanical Drafting and Design - CAD Drafter
Medical Administrative Specialist
Medical Assistant
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Supervisory Management
Surgical Technology

A.S. Degree Programs 

Accounting Tax Preparer
Administrative Specialist
Advanced CAD Drafting
Basic CAD Drafting
Basic Welding
Construction Estimating
Electronic Technician I
Electronic Technician II
Emergency Medical Services
Health Technology
Human Resource Development
Landscape Technician
Medical Scribe Specialist
Multi-Axis Machining Advanced
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
Payroll Accounting
Pipe Welder
Quality Supervision
Sterile Processing
Supervisory Leadership

Diploma Programs 

A+ Personal Computer Support Technician
Administrative Specialist
Architectural and Construction Technician
Automotive Technician
CNC Machinist
CNC Manufacturing Technology
Community Supports for People with Disabilities
Construction Electrician
Convergence Technologies
Electronic Technician
Emergency Medical Services
Information System Analyst
Landscape Technology
Mechanical Drafting and Design - CAD Drafter
Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Receptionist
Mobile Development
Multimedia and Game Programming
Network Analyst
Practical Nursing
Software Development
Web Design and Development
Welding Technology

Student eligibility requirements

To qualify for the grant the student must:

  • Be admitted and begin enrollment in a qualifying certificate, diploma, AS or AAS program during the Fall 2016 semester immediately following: 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 during the 2015-2016 academic year; 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 Minnesota 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. If applying as a dependent student, parental income is used. If applying as an independent student, the 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 that are not fully covered by Pell Grant and State Grant during fall semester 2016.

Grant Amount

The grant will cover any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the Federal Pell Grant and Minnesota State Grant have been applied. Program-specific fees and equipment are not covered. The grant is available for up to 72 semester credits, including any required developmental courses taken after admission to the qualifying program. These funds are a form of financial aid and do not need to be paid back.

How to Apply

We recommend that you

  1. Apply to Anoka Technical College
  2. Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA or for undocumented students, the MN Dream Act Application
  3. Check student e-mail account and submit any required documents to the college in a timely manner

*Eligible students will be notified and must agree to mentoring services within 14 days of notification.

First Year Grant

A student must receive this grant during the fall term of 2016 in order to take part in the pilot program. The grant will be available for each term of the 2016-2017 academic year, including summer term 2017, provided the student has tuition and fee charges not covered by federal and state grants. The amount of this grant can change each term depending on the student's enrollment level, tuition and fees and the amount of the student's federal and state grants.

A student in a program requiring more than 30 semester credits (including any required developmental courses) must complete at least 30 credits during the 2016-2017 academic year to meet the conditions for grant renewal during the 2017-2018 academic year. Students enrolled in shorter programs must complete their programs during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Second Year Grant Conditions for Renewal

The grant can be renewed for the 2017-2018 academic year if the student meets the following conditions:

  • Submits a 2017-2018 FAFSA (or 2017-2018 MN Dream Act state financial aid application for undocumented students) and any other required documents in a timely manner
  • Successfully completed at least 30 semester credits during the 2016-2017 academic year, including summer term 2017
  • Participated in required free mentoring services during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Making satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year and for each term of the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Student's college certifies the student is on track to complete the program during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Required Mentoring Services

To support students throughout their academic programs, this pilot program requires recipients to participate in free mentoring services including, but not limited to:

  • Communicating with the mentoring service throughout program participation
  • Developing a personalized student success plan which includes
    • Concrete steps towards program completion and job placement
    • Identification of and contingency plans for potential obstacles to completion
  • Making connections to on-campus resources and personal development opportunities
  • Financial planning


If you have questions about the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program, please contact Anoka Technical College at 763-576-7730 or If you have questions about a particular occupational program, please contact the admissions office at 763-576-7710.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant funds are available throughout the year.

Grant funds are gift aid.

Aid is made available to eligible undergraduate students who are enrolled in three (3) credits or more.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to a limited number of eligible students

As mandated by federal guidelines, FSEOG awards are awarded to students who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

Each institution has limited funding in FSEOG.

Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans and service members who have served in the U.S. Military and to the children and spouses of deceased or severely disabled eligible Minnesota veterans and service members who have served in the U.S. Military.

An applicant must: be a veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time; or a non-veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and or a surviving spouse or dependent of a person who has served in the military at any time, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service.

The student must also:

  • be a Minnesota resident;
  • apply for the MN GI Bill benefits before the last day of the term for which benefits are requested;
  • be less than 62 years old before the beginning of the term for which benefits are requested;
  • be current on child support obligations, if applicable;
  • be enrolled in an eligible MN postsecondary institution in a certificate, diploma, or degree program;
  • be making satisfactory academic progress in his or her academic program. 

Minnesota State Grant

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education annually awards Minnesota State Grant to eligible Minnesota residents.

Students must submit their FAFSA application to the federal processors no later than 30 days after the start date of the first term for which they are applying.

Eligibility for the Minnesota State Grant program is exhausted after a student has reached the equivalency of four (4) years of full-time enrollment. 

Postsecondary Child Care Grant

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant program provides financial assistance to students who have children 12 and under, are not receiving assistance under the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), and who demonstrate financial need for grants, to help pay for child care while pursuing a postsecondary education.

Applicants must:

  • be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizen;
  • meet state residency requirements;
  • not be recipients of MFIP;
  • be enrolled at least half-time (defined in statute for this program as six credits per term);
  • not have earned a baccalaureate degree or been enrolled on a full-time basis for eight semesters, 12 quarters, or the equivalent;
  • not be in default of any educational loan;
  • be making satisfactory progress;
  • not be receiving tuition reciprocity benefits from another state;
  • be pursuing a nonsectarian program or course of study that applies to an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate.
  • Already be incurring child care cost

The maximum award amount is $2,800 per eligible child per academic year.

The amount of the award cannot exceed 40 hours of child care per week per eligible child.

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant application must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office.  


Financial Aid