Minnesota Occupational Grant

Free grant money

What’s the Two-Year Occupational Grant Program?

Minnesota residents who meet the qualifications, may apply and receive the grant to get financial assistance to attend Lake Superior College. Grants are money you can use to go to college but you don’t have to repay.

Get the fine print and latest details about this grant on the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website.

Due to limited funding, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible, since applicants will be ranked by application date.

Do I qualify for the Occupational Grant?

To qualify for the grant, you must:

  1. Begin enrollment during fall semester 2016 in a qualifying program at Lake Superior College 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.
  2. Be a Minnesota resident.
  3. Have an adjusted gross income (or wages for non-filers) of $90,000 or less for the 2015 tax year.

LSC Programs that Qualify

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

Administrative Office Specialist
Advanced Inventor (CAD)
Auto Body and Chassis Technician
Auto Body Technology
Auto Service Technology
Auto Service Technology
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Aviation Management
Basic Electronics
Brake and Suspension Technician
Building Construction Technology
Building Construction Technology
Business Administration
Business and Technology
CISCO Network Associate
Civil Engineering Technology
Civil Engineering Technology
Commercial and Residential Wiring
Commercial and Residential Wiring
Computer and Web Programming
Computer and Web Programming
Computer and Web Programming
Computer Technology
Dialysis Patient Care Technician – Clinical and Theory
Dialysis Patient Care Technician – Theory
Electronic Engineering Technology – Industrial Controls
Electronic Technology
Engineering CAD Technician
Fire and Science Administration
Fire Fighter
Fire Medic
Fire Technology
Gas Metal Arc Welding Production Welder
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Production Welder
Health Insurance and Billing
Health Sciences Broad Field
Information Processing Assistant
Integrated Manufacturing – Engineering CAD Technology

Integrated Manufacturing – Engineering CAD Technology
Integrated Manufacturing Technology – Automated Machining
Integrated Manufacturing Technology – CNC Machine Programmer
Integrated Manufacturing Technology – CNC Machine Programmer
Integrated Manufacturing Technology – CNC Operator
Integrated Manufacturing Technology – Manual Machinist
Integrated Manufacturing Technology – Rapid Prototyping and Design
Integrated Manufacturing Technology – Welding
Integrated Manufacturing Technology-Welding
IT Specialist: Network Administration
IT Specialist: Network Administration
IT Specialist: Network Administration
Massage Therapist
Medical Administrative Secretary
Medical Assisting
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Receptionist
Medical Secretary
Medical Transcriptionist
Microsoft Server Administrator
Nursing Assistant
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
Office Assistant
PC Support Technician
Personal Training
Practical Nursing
Professional Pilot
Professional Pilot
Sheet Metal Technology
Sheet Metal Technology
Solidworks (CAD)
Surgical Technology
Truck Driving
Wildland Firefighting

How Do I Apply?

Funds are limited so get started today!

  1. Apply to LSC
  2. Fill out your 2016-17 FAFSA
  3. REGISTER for Fall Semester classes EARLY!

Undocumented students should apply using the 2016-2017 MN Dream Act state financial aid application.

Contact Us with Questions


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What’s the Goal of the Occupational Grant?

The goal is to provide education needed to gain employment in a high-demand occupation. The grants are given so that you can complete a qualifying program of your choice within two years or less. The program was created by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature and will begin Fall Semester of 2016 at LSC.

What is Paid for by the Occupational Grant?

The grant will pay any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the student’s Federal Pell Grant and MN State Grant have been applied to the student’s account. Program-specific fees and equipment are not paid for by the grant. The grant is available for up to 72 semester credits, including any required developmental courses taken after admission to the occupational program.