About the Minnesota Dream Act
What is the Minnesota Prosperity Act (Minnesota Dream Act)?
The Minnesota Dream Act, which is also known as The Prosperity Act, was passed into Minnesota law in May 2013 and then adopted as an official University of Minnesota policy in July 2013 by Board of Regents resolution. Under this new law and policy, undocumented Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria can benefit in these ways:
- In-state resident tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate students at public colleges and universities, including all University of Minnesota campuses*, regardless of immigration status.
- State financial aid available to students who meet state residency requirements, regardless of immigration status.
- Privately funded financial aid through public colleges and universities, including aid from the University of Minnesota, regardless of immigration status, to include undocumented students.
I am an undocumented student. Am I eligible to benefit from the Minnesota Dream Act?
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education will determine who is eligible to benefit from the Dream Act. Generally, students are eligible if they have attended a Minnesota high school for at least three years, have graduated from a Minnesota high school (or earned a GED in Minnesota), and who have registered with the U.S. Selective Service (applies only to males 18 to 25 years old). The complete details on eligibility and a Dream Act Application are available at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Dream Act website.
Why did the University of Minnesota adopt the Dream Act as University policy?
At the University of Minnesota, we are wholly committed to removing barriers for students to obtain education. The University's administration is dedicated to supporting student success, regardless of a student's immigrant status. Equity and diversity are core institutional values at the University of Minnesota, and these values inform our policies and every aspect of our work.
What are my next steps?
You can begin gathering the documentation that demonstrates you have graduated from a Minnesota high school and registering for the selective service. Visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Dream Act website for detailed information and next steps. That website is the most important and up-to-date resource regarding the Minnesota Dream Act.
Whom can I contact with questions?
Visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Dream Act website or call the Minnesota Office of Higher Education grant unit at 800-657-3866. They will be able to arrange for translation services if you or a family member needs translation.
*Crookston, Morris, and Rochester campuses do not have out-of-state tuition rates.