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University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions

At the University of Minnesota, we are committed to making our world-class education a great value for Minnesota families. Under the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship (U Promise), eligible new Minnesota resident undergraduates with a family income of up to $120,000, who enroll at any of the University's five campuses, will be guaranteed a U Promise Scholarship.

The University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship (U Promise) supports admitted eligible Minnesota residents who enroll at one of the University's five campuses and provides them with access to a great University of Minnesota education.

What is the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship?

The University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship (U Promise) is the University of Minnesota's guaranteed scholarship commitment to Minnesota undergraduate students whose families make up to $120,000 per year.

U Promise Scholarships are available to eligible new freshmen and transfer students enrolling at any University of Minnesota campus, including Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Twin Cities, and Rochester. Minnesota residents must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the U Promise Scholarship.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, U Promise Scholarship freshman awards range from approximately $300 to $4,000 each year, for four years. Transfer student scholarship awards range from approximately $300 to $2,000 each year, for two years. Higher awards are provided to students with greater financial need.

Do I need to apply for the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship?

There is not a separate U Promise Scholarship application. Residents of Minnesota who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will automatically be considered for the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship. Students who are eligible for the Minnesota Dream Act will also be automatically considered.

To be considered, simply:

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Minnesota.
    For deadline information and online applications, visit each campus's Web site.
  2. Apply for financial aid.
    For more information about applying for financial aid or to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online go to https://fafsa.gov. It's best if you complete the FAFSA by February 1 the spring before you enroll. (Undocumented Minnesota high school graduates should apply for aid through the Minnesota Department of Higher Education.)

What are the next steps?

  1. Apply for admission!
  2. Apply for financial aid! Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) recommended by the February 1 priority deadline. (Undocumented Minnesota high school graduates should apply for aid through the Minnesota Department of Higher Education.)

For more information regarding eligibility and requirements, please contact:

How will I find out if I have received the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship?

If you are a recipient of a U Promise Scholarship your award will be indicated on your Estimated Financial Aid Award Notice.

Please note: U Promise Scholarships are awarded only to eligible Minnesota resident undergraduate students who have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What are the eligibility requirements for the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship?

Admitted University of Minnesota undergraduate students who are Minnesota residents and who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to enrolling will automatically be considered for a U Promise scholarship based on financial need. Please note that international students are not eligible for need-based scholarships.

To be eligible, students must:

Please note that the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship applies only to fall and spring semesters. Tuition for courses taken during May or summer terms will not be covered.

Is the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship renewable?

New freshmen recipients are guaranteed their U Promise Scholarship for four consecutive years and new transfer students will be guaranteed their U Promise Scholarship for two consecutive years, as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria below.

University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

When was the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship (U Promise) created?

The University began guaranteeing need-based aid for Pell eligible Minnesota resident undergraduates in fall 2005. In the fall of 2009, the University expanded its need-based aid programs to include guaranteed need-based scholarships for eligible Minnesota resident undergraduates with family incomes of up to $100,000. For the fall of 2016, eligibility was expanded to families with incomes up to $120,000. These programs, now part of the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship, make a U of M education possible for Minnesota resident students across the University's five campuses. This effort is part of our unparalleled commitment to the success of our students.

How many students benefit from U Promise?

Each year thousands of Minnesota resident undergraduates benefit from U Promise. There is no limit to the number of students who can benefit from the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship; all new, incoming Minnesota residents who meet the eligibility requirements are guaranteed a U Promise Scholarship.

Please note: This website is updated annually. The current information reflects University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship program details for the 2016-2017 academic year only, and the program is subject to change for future years. Please note that students cannot receive a University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship in excess of the cost of attendance.

Does the University offer other types of scholarships for new students?

In addition to the need-based scholarships offered through U Promise, each University of Minnesota campus offers competitive scholarships to new students based on academic merit. Please contact us for more information: