Funding Your Education

Federal Financial Aid Forecaster

Allows students and families to receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid.  Great planning tool!  Click .

Financial Aid Forecaster from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This is the application for students attending any type of institution after high school.  It needs to be completed in order to receive any type of funding, including loans.  You may apply online using this site.  It's a fast, secure and easy way for students to apply.  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.

Step by step directions for completing the FAFSA can be found here. 

Minnesota Financial Aid Videos

Terrific information for any families considering how to pay for college.  All segments can be viewed (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.

Federal Student Aid

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.