MN Dream Act

MN Dream Act
System for State
MAFAA Fall Training Day
Ginny Dodds
Manager, State Financial Aid
October 28, 2014
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
Prosperity Act (MN Dream Act)
 Attend a MN high school for at least 3
 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)
Prosperity Act (MN Dream Act)
What state financial aid
programs are available?
MN State Grant Program
(2014-2015 Annual Awards for Student With $0 EFC)
U of M/Private
State University
Annual Annual
Annual Annual
Pell Grant
State Pell Grant
Award Grant
$5,730 $5,015
$5,730 $2,422
$5,730 $4,295
$5,730 $1,876
$5,730 $3,586
$5,730 $1,338
$5,730 $2,866
$4,298 $3,578
$4,298 $1,677
$4,298 $2,869
$4,298 $1,139
$4,298 $2,149
$2,865 $2,862
$2,865 $1,480
$2,865 $2,153
$2,865 $1,433
$1,433 $2,145
$1,433 $1,281
$1,433 $1,436
2-Year Public
Pell Grant
Postsecondary Child Care Grant
 Maximum
award per child for full-time
student $2,800
 Must fill out paper program application after
completing online state financial aid
Program application available at college
financial aid office
 Will
be awarded by financial aid office at
Financial aid administrator can access
student’s application record on OHE system to
get total income, household size, household
members, EFC
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
may attempt to contact students with expired
DACA to see if it was renewed
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
 Will also require a SELF loan application
 (online application for DACA students
Pick up paper application at college (students without SSN)
with SSN)
 $10,000
per year for 4-year degree programs
or graduate students
 $7,500 per year for shorter programs
Financial Verification Documents
 Will
need to submit signed copies of
federal income tax return for previous tax
year (e.g. 2013 for 2014-2015 school year)
 If
Student (and spouse, if married)
Student and Parents (if student is dependent
for financial aid purposes)
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
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
MN Dream Act State Financial Aid
 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 2014-2015 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
MN Dream Act State
Financial Aid Application
 For
customer service with application, call
(800) 282-1550
 Monday
through Friday
 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
 Students
can also call MN Office of Higher
Education Grant Unit
(651) 642-0567 #2 Toll-free (800) 657-3866
Can arrange for translation services if
student and/or parents don’t speak English
Online State Financial Aid Application
Online State Financial Aid Application
The Trickiest Section of Application
Click Add to bring selection
to this side
Select from this side
Scroll down and select ‘MN Dream Act State Financial Aid
Application’ instead of a college and click on Add button.
MN Dream Act State
Financial Aid Application
building MN Dream Act online
application for 2015-2016
 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
 2014-2015 applicants will continue to use
MN Dream Act application on Need
Access system
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
Contact Information
 Ginny
Manager, State Financial Aid
MN Office of Higher Education
(651) 355-0610
[email protected]

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