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MN Dream Act System for State Grant MAFAA Fall Training Day Ginny Dodds Manager, State Financial Aid October 28, 2014.

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1 MN Dream Act System for State Grant MAFAA Fall Training Day Ginny Dodds Manager, State Financial Aid October 28, 2014

2 Prosperity Act (MN Dream Act) Eligible for:  In-state tuition rates at MnSCU and University of MN campuses  State financial aid programs  Privately-funded scholarships administered by MnSCU or U of M campuses

3 Prosperity Act (MN Dream Act) Requirements:  Attend a MN high school for at least 3 years  Graduate from a MN high school or earn a GED in MN  If male, complied with Selective Service registration requirements  Apply for lawful immigration status once federal process exists (does not refer to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

4 Prosperity Act (MN Dream Act) What state financial aid programs are available?

5 MN State Grant Program ( Annual Awards for Student With $0 EFC) Credits For Term U of M/PrivateState University2-Year Public Annual Pell GrantState AwardGrant $5,730$2,422 $5,730$1,876 $5,730$1,338 $5,730$791 $4,298$1,677 $4,298$1,139 $4,298$593 $2,865$1,480 $2,865$942 $2,865$396 $1,433$1,281 $1,433$743 $1,433$197 Annual Pell GrantState AwardGrant $5,730$1,202 $5,730$738 $5,730$280 $5,730$0 $4,298$783 $4,298$326 $4,298$0 $2,865$830 $2,865$372 $2,865$0 $1,433$875 $1,433$418 $1,433$0 Annual Pell GrantState AwardGrant $5,730$5,015 $5,730$4,295 $5,730$3,586 $5,730$2,866 $4,298$3,578 $4,298$2,869 $4,298$2,149 $2,865$2,862 $2,865$2,153 $2,865$1,433 $2,145 $1,433$1,436 $1,433$716

6 Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program  Maximum award per child for full-time student $2,800  Must fill out paper program application after completing online state financial aid application  Program application available at college financial aid office  Will be awarded by financial aid office at college  Financial aid administrator can access student’s application record on OHE system to get total income, household size, household members, EFC

7 MN State Work Study Program  Must have DACA status, work authorization and Social Security Number  College can access OHE system to confirm DACA Date, MN resident status, EFC  DACA date shown on MN Dream Act system is beginning DACA date  Expires in two years  Students now in process of applying for renewal  FAAs should ask student for proof after expiration date  OHE may attempt to contact students with expired DACA to see if it was renewed

8 SELF Loan Program  Available to students attending MN colleges or MN residents attending in other states  No immigration requirements for borrower  Co-signer must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident, live in U.S. and have no adverse credit  Should complete state online financial aid application  Will also require a SELF loan application  (online application for DACA students with SSN)  Pick up paper application at college (students without SSN)  $10,000 per year for 4-year degree programs or graduate students  $7,500 per year for shorter programs

9 Financial Verification Documents  Will need to submit signed copies of federal income tax return for previous tax year (e.g for school year)  Student (and spouse, if married)  Student and Parents (if student is dependent for financial aid purposes)  If income was under threshold for filing a tax return, should submit W2s and signed statement indicating not required to file tax return and listing any additional income

10 Financial Verification Documents  If income was over threshold for filing federal tax return, student/parents must complete and submit a federal tax return  Can apply for and use ITIN (instead of SSN) to file tax return  Submit copy of completed form(s) to OHE with other MN Dream Act documentation

11 MN Dream Act State Financial Aid Application  Undocumented students cannot file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  Link and MN-Specific Instructions to online state financial aid application posted on:   MN Dream Act State Financial Aid Application  Application for school year available in January 2014  Covers July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015  Student should reapply for state financial aid every year in college

12 MN Dream Act State Financial Aid Application  For customer service with application, call  (800)  Monday through Friday  8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.  Students can also call MN Office of Higher Education Grant Unit  (651) #2 Toll-free (800)  Can arrange for translation services if student and/or parents don’t speak English

13 Online State Financial Aid Application

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15 The Trickiest Section of Application Scroll down and select ‘MN Dream Act State Financial Aid Application’ instead of a college and click on Add button. Select from this side Click Add to bring selection to this side

16 MN Dream Act State Financial Aid Application  OHE building MN Dream Act online application for  Will be accessible from OHE web site  Very similar to FAFSA on the Web  A few custom questions for verification and postsecondary attendance  Will have questions/instructions in English and Spanish  applicants will continue to use MN Dream Act application on Need Access system

17 MN Dream Act System  Accessible from SG Web Access Screen  Schools can:  View MN Dream Act applications  Access FM results  EFC, PC, total income, dependency status  Enter term enrollment data for students  Can’t change enrollment once student has been paid for that term  Contact Ginny Dodds for assistance  Certify students are eligible on award roster

18 Contact Information   Ginny Dodds Manager, State Financial Aid MN Office of Higher Education (651)


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