Subdivision 1. Scope.
For purposes of sections
, the terms defined in
this section have the meanings ascribed to them.
Subd. 2. Office.
"Office" means the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
Subd. 3. Director.
"Director" means the director of the Minnesota Office of Higher
Subd. 4. Eligible institution.
"Eligible institution" means a postsecondary educational
institution located in this state or in a state with which the office has entered into a higher
education reciprocity agreement on state student aid programs that (1) is operated by this
state or the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, or (2) is operated privately
and, as determined by the office, meets all of the following: (i) maintains academic standards
substantially equivalent to those of comparable institutions operated in this state; (ii) is licensed or
registered as a postsecondary institution by the office or another state agency; and (iii) by July 1,
2011, is participating in the federal Pell Grant program under Title IV of the Higher Education
Act of 1965, as amended.
Subd. 5. Financial need.
"Financial need" means the demonstrated need of the applicant for
financial assistance to meet the recognized costs of attending the eligible institution of choice
as determined from financial information on the applicant and, if required, on the applicant's
parents, by the federal need analysis.
Subd. 5a. Assigned family responsibility.
"Assigned family responsibility" means the
amount of a family's contribution to a student's cost of attendance, as determined by a federal
need analysis. For dependent students, the assigned family responsibility is 96 percent of the
parental contribution. For independent students with dependents other than a spouse, the assigned
family responsibility is 86 percent of the student contribution. For independent students without
dependents other than a spouse, the assigned family responsibility is 68 percent of the student
Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1989 c 293 s 85
Subd. 7. Student.
"Student" means a person who is enrolled for at least three credits per
quarter or semester, or the equivalent, in a program or course of study that applies to a degree,
diploma, or certificate. Credit equivalencies assigned by an institution that are applicable to
federal Pell grant calculations shall be counted as part of a student's credit load.
Subd. 7a. Full time.
"Full time" means enrollment in a minimum of 15 credits per quarter or
semester, or the equivalent.
Subd. 7b. Half time.
"Half time" means enrollment in a minimum of six credits per quarter
or semester, or the equivalent.
Subd. 8. Resident student.
"Resident student" means a student who meets one of the
(1) a student who has resided in Minnesota for purposes other than postsecondary education
for at least 12 months without being enrolled at a postsecondary educational institution for more
than five credits in any term;
(2) a dependent student whose parent or legal guardian resides in Minnesota at the time
the student applies;
(3) a student who graduated from a Minnesota high school, if the student was a resident of
Minnesota during the student's period of attendance at the Minnesota high school and the student
is physically attending a Minnesota postsecondary educational institution;
(4) a student who, after residing in the state for a minimum of one year, earned a high
school equivalency certificate in Minnesota;
(5) a member, spouse, or dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United States
stationed in Minnesota on active federal military service as defined in section
(6) a person or spouse of a person who relocated to Minnesota from an area that is declared a
presidential disaster area within the preceding 12 months if the disaster interrupted the person's
postsecondary education; or
(7) a person defined as a refugee under United States Code, title 8, section 1101(a)(42), who,
upon arrival in the United States, moved to Minnesota and has continued to reside in Minnesota.
Subd. 9. Independent student.
"Independent student" has the meaning given it in the Higher
Education Act of 1965, United States Code, title 20, section 1070a-6, and applicable regulations.
Subd. 10. Satisfactory academic progress.
"Satisfactory academic progress" means that:
(1) by the end of a student's second academic year of attendance at an institution, the
student has at least a cumulative grade point average of C or its equivalent, or academic standing
consistent with the institution's graduation requirements; and
(2) by the end of the first term of the third and fourth academic year of attendance, the
student has a cumulative grade point average of at least a C or its equivalent.
History: 1971 c 862 s 2; 1975 c 271 s 6; 1975 c 390 s 4; 1Sp1985 c 11 s 29; 1987 c 401 s
15; 1989 c 293 s 24-26; 1991 c 356 art 8 s 1-5; 1992 c 513 art 1 s 12; 1Sp1993 c 2 art 2 s 7,8;
1995 c 186 s 119; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 17-21,59; 1996 c 398 s 30; 1997 c 183 art 2 s 3; 1998 c
384 s 7; 1Sp2001 c 1 art 2 s 8,9; 2003 c 133 art 2 s 8; 2005 c 107 art 2 s 60; 2006 c 282 art 8 s
3; 2007 c 144 art 2 s 17,18