Funding Your Education

Virtual Financial Aid Info Sessions: Sept/Oct 2022

Click here for details, including zoom link to session.

College Application Fee Waiver Info

Some colleges never require an application fee; some waive fees only for applications submitted online.  Some colleges waive application fees for the month of October [College Knowledge Month]; some waive it for one week in October.

Click here for a list of Minnesota colleges and universities and application fee policies.  See your counselor if you need to request an application fee waiver.  

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This site allows you to compare financial aid offers and consider the long-term impact of repayment obligations.  Click here 

Federal Financial Aid Estimator

If you're not ready to complete the FAFSA yet, but would like an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid, click here for the FAFSA Estimator calculator.

Federal Student Aid

FinAid! The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This is the application for students attending any type of institution after high school.  It must be completed in order to receive any type of funding, including loans.  You may apply online using this secure site. Students and parents should use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to do their figuring prior to filling out the online application.  You can get help to download a paper application by contacting your child's School Counselor.  The FAFSA is also available online in Spanish. 

Midwest Student Exchange Program

This site explains out-of-state tuition reductions made for students attending specific colleges and universities in the midwest area.  Out of state tuition is reduced at these cooperating institutions.

Minnesota Financial Aid Videos

Terrific information for any families considering how to pay for college.  All segments can be viewed here (26 minutes total)

Minnesota Higher Education Services Office

Up-to-date information on how to save, pay and prepare for post-secondary education.  Everything you need to know about financial aid, from A-Z.  Includes financial aid estimator to help students and parents estimate their financial aid eligibility.  Prices for Minnesota and reciprocity institutions are listed.  Online reciprocity application.

Net Price Calculators for MN Private Colleges

Use this tool to estimate net cost at any Minnesota Private College. 

Step by Step Videos to Financial Aid Process & FAFSA

Watch any of these videos for an excellent and detailed overview of the financial aid process. If you're confused, start here!
Videos provided by Ripon College in Wisconsin