Grants are often called "gift aid" because they are free money - financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based. Students apply for grants by completing the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Rainy River's code is #006775.

FEDERAL PELL GRANT - Pell Grants are awarded to students working toward a degree or certificate. The Federal Pell Grant varies based upon the number of credits for which a student registers. Full-time status is 12 credits. If you are enrolled for less than 12 credits, your Federal Pell Grant will be prorated.

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GRANTS (FSEOG) (FSEOG) - These are federal grants awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards range from $100 to $600 per academic year depending upon the availability of funds.

MINNESOTA STATE GRANTS - State Grants help students from low- and moderate-income families pay for educational expenses at eligible Minnesota colleges or universities.

MINNESOTA POSTSECONDARY CHILD CARE GRANT - The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.

ALLISS GRANT - The Alliss Two-Year Opportunity Grant is available to students with financial need who are attending Minnesota State Colleges, and who are enrolled in A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.F.A., diplomas, certificates and MnTC courses designed to transfer to baccalaureate programs. ALLISS Grants must be applied for at the Admissions/Registration Office, 218.285.2242, prior to registration.