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The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is offering stipends for summer learning opportunities to eligible students

Apr 14, 2023 11:26AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Kenny Eliason 

From the Minnesota Office of Higher Education - April 14, 2023


Providing access to high-quality summer learning experiences, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) is offering stipends to eligible students to attend Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) participating camps. SAEP provides stipends for low-income students completing grades 3 to 11 to attend approved summer programs offered by postsecondary educational institutions and nonprofits across the state. 

To be eligible for a program stipend, students must meet family income requirements for free or reduced-priced school meals and, if in grades 7-11, need a minimum of a ā€œCā€ average in the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable for the summer program of interest. Stipends are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, to cover all or a portion of the direct cost of a participating program paid directly to the program sponsors. 

The SAEP seeks to counter the achievement gap and provide access for students to exercise their minds by challenging themselves in core curricular area enrichment during summer break. SAEP offers a wide variety of opportunities that provide valuable career pathway exposure to Minnesota students, ranging in days to weeks-long timeframes. 

OHE has approved 25 sponsors hosting 78 academic enrichment programs in the following curricular areas: English, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Science, Social Studies and World Languages and Cultures. 

Camps like the Advanced Program in Technology and Science at St. Cloud State University offers a residential dorm experience, professional mentorship connections, and high-level scientific exploration. A new Scrubs Camp by HealthForce Minnesota provides high school students with an in-depth look into the healthcare sector. From sculptural metal casting, journalism, astronomy, to speech and debate, there is a summer program for all students to engage in enriching summer learning experiences. 

Explore the list of eligible programs, along with additional program information, at the following link: Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs (state.mn.us). To apply, participants register directly with the eligible program sponsors.

Click to download the SAEP 2023 Student Flyer and SAEP 2023 Parent Flyer

Click here for additional information about student eligiblity.

Questions about the Summer Academic Enrichment Program can be directed to the program administrator, Brenda Larter, at (651) 355-0612 or [email protected]