You must complete and submit a free application for federal student financial aid and to apply for most state and college aid.
FAQ on FAFSA – Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®):
- Students planning on attending college the following Fall of their Senior year can submit FAFSA® beginning October 1st. Students and their families have been able to file FAFSA beginning October 1st since 2017, rather than beginning on January 1st as years past. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year.
- Students/Families report earlier income information. Since the 2017–18 filing for FAFSA, student’s families now report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2020–21 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) must report their 2019 income information.
- Download and print the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to assist with the application
- All State FAFSA Aid deadlines are posted on the web site Worksheet and Application forms
- Your SAR will be sent to you after your online application is processed, usually within three (3) days
- Contact your prospective college with any SAR errors and correct them online with FAFSA
Compare your Aid Awards
This College Board site helps students and their families understand their award letter, compare aid offers and learn about strategies for paying their share of the expense. Compare here
Minnesota has ongoing reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, one institution in Iowa, and the Canadian province of Manitoba. The agreements reduce non-resident tuition prices and eliminate non-resident admissions barriers for residents of each state who attend a public institution in the other state.
Midwestern Student Exchange Program (MSEP)
MESP is a reduced tuition program for out of state students. Open to students in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota. Missouri, Nebraska, and North Dakota. This program is limited to select schools and select programs. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates. You must be enrolling as a non-resident student at a participating MSEP campus to receive the discount. All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for MSEP.
- CSS Financial Aid Profile
- Financial Aid Facts
- Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators
- Minnesota Higher Education Office
- National Association of Financial Aid Administrators
- Office of Postsecondary Education
- Sallie Mae
- Selective Service Registration
- The Smart Student Guide
- US Department of Education
- US Government Web Site