North Star Promise Scholarship Program

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Starting Fall 2024, the North Star Promise (NSP) Scholarship Program will provide eligible Minnesota residents a tuition-free path to a college education. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the North Star Promise Scholarship program, students must:

Be a Minnesota resident
Have a family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Attend a Minnesota public higher education institution or Tribal College
Not be in default on a state or federal student loan
Be enrolled, taking at least one credit
Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
Have not already earned a baccalaureate degree
Be enrolled in a program or course of study that applies to a degree, diploma, or certificate

How do I apply?

There is no additional application beyond the Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Saint Paul College will assess your eligibility semester-by-semester and award NSP Scholarships to all eligible students

How much aid can I receive?

There is no limit on the maximum term, yearly, or lifetime dollar amount of an award you can receive. The amount you receive is based on the “last-dollar” calculation of your eligibility on a term-by-term basis. You can receive up to 100% of the amount charged in tuition and required fees per term, minus all other sources of gift aid you receive.

What is a “Last-Dollar” Scholarship?

A “last-dollar” scholarship is designed to cover any remaining tuition and fee costs that aren’t covered by other scholarships, grants, and tuition waivers. Before determining the amount of your “last-dollar” scholarship, these programs consider any other non-repayable financial aid—termed “gift aid”—that you may receive. “Gift aid” includes scholarships, grants, stipends, third-party payments, and tuition waivers, but not loans or work-study. The objective of these scholarships is to maximize the use of available funds and offer as many qualifying students as possible a route to a college education without the burden of tuition and fees.

What if I have more questions?

The North Star Promise Scholarship program is managed by the Office of Higher Education (OHE) in Minnesota. You can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the official OHE website, or send an email directly to

The Financial Aid team at Saint Paul College is always available to answer questions about this program or other financial assistance options.



Experienced College Representatives will be on hand to answer all of your questions and walk you through the financial aid process. Learn everything you need to know about applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and about the North Star Promise and other opportunities to help pay for your College journey!

Items you will need to bring:

  • Summer 2024 – 2021 income information
  • Fall 2024 – 2022 income information
  • Students 24 or younger, will need to bring their parents’ income & tax information

Grab a friend and join us for this fun and informative event!