Do you need money to help cover your expenses?

LeadMN has an emergency grant program to help students cover unforeseen costs in times of hardship or trouble.  Apply for the LeadMN’s Emergency Grant to cover costs such as:

  • Rent
  • Bills associated with car trouble, health emergencies, childcare, etc.

The application is quick and easy and doesn’t require proof or any documents.

Please read the following carefully.

We know that today’s college students struggle financially and sometimes need assistance when unexpected expenses arise.  These unexpected expenses can increase food insecurity.  LeadMN has developed this grant to assist students with buying food to relieve this insecurity or to assist with other emergencies.

Students who are enrolled in a Minnesota State two-year college can apply for $100.00 to purchase food.  In some cases, students with family members impacted by the emergency can receive an additional $100.00.

If you are a student (1) enrolled in a Minnesota State two-year college, (2) recently experienced an emergency, (3) can’t afford food due to the emergency, and (4) have been ineligible to receive federal emergency grants, please complete the below application thoroughly.

Although funds for this grant are limited, we will do our best to approve your application.  To help us ensure that the money goes to the students and their families who are most in need, please complete this application only if you have exhausted other resources, like food pantries and social services.

We will do our very best to provide you a decision within 24-48 hours of application.  If approved, we will also do our best to give the money to you within one business day after approval.

Instructions to apply:
1.    Navigate to
2.    Click 'Register' to create an account (or use the sign-in box to log in to an existing account)
3.    Once signed in, on the student dashboard, click "Apply" next to the LeadMN Emergency Grant Application
4.    Proceed to complete and submit the application.