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Alliss Educational Foundation Grant

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The Alliss Grant is an opportunity grant, designed to help adult learners begin college or return to college. The grant is not based on family income and is available to all new Minnesota community college students.

Grant description

The grant provides payment of tuition for one course - up to five semester credits - and also covers the cost of required textbooks for that course. To qualify, the course selected must be a transferable course that would be accepted as an integral academic part of an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. degree program or a preliminary or developmental-level course if it is required for the student to start a degree program. Certificate and diploma programs are ineligible as are on-the-job customized training courses.

The grant is not reusable. If a student withdraws from a class under the Alliss grant program, that person cannot receive the grant again.

Program eligibility

Grant recipients must be out of school for at least seven years. They may be first-time community college enrollees who graduated from high school at least seven years ago, or former college students who haven't.

Recipients must not hold baccalaureate or higher degrees. They must be legal Minnesota residents; those with reciprocity status are not eligible. Students already receiving financial aid or subsidized credit are excluded from the program. Reimbursement will be made if the student has not received financial aid at the time the Alliss Educational Foundation Grant is submitted.

Application procedure

After selecting a community college, the applicant should complete the certification form, as well as the application form required by the college for admission. These forms should be mailed or dropped off at the college admissions office, along with the required application fees. Applicants may also apply and register in person during open enrollment.

The grant covers tuition and books for one class but not other student fees. Students may register and pay for additional courses. Alliss Grant applications are accepted only prior to registration.

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