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Financial Aid Night for Parents - WHS, Sept. 28

Financial Aid Night.  We are pleased to have Sheila Keenan, a Financial Aid Administrator, from the University of St. Thomas presenting a financial aid overview. This will take place in the WHS Auditorium on Wednesday, September 28 , from 6:30-7:30pm. Topics will include:  overview of the financial aid process and recent changes to the FAFSA.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Colleges use this federally approved application to determine student eligibility for grants, work study, loans, and some forms of need-based scholarships. Submit your FAFSA application anytime after January 1 annually, but this application requires information from your previous year tax return. If you submit your FAFSA using estimated tax information, you must correct/update your FAFSA application within one-day of submitting your tax return to the IRS.

Website: www.fafsa.gov

Minnesota College Goal Sunday

This national program provides free information and assistance to families who are filling-out FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications. Workshops are offered throughout Minnesota.

Website: www.MinnesotaCollegeGoal.org

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

This is the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office website. Find valuable information on scholarships and financial aid, Minnesota State Grants, Federal Pell Grants, the Work Study Program, Veteran's benefits, reciprocity (see below), and more.

Website: www.GetReadyForCollege.org

  • Reciprocity

  • Minnesota students attending public universities/colleges in Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, parts of Iowa, and Manitoba, Canada can pay tuition comparable to a similar Minnesota public institution through reciprocity. For example, Minnesota students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison would pay comparable tuition to a Minnesota student attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Students must complete a reciprocity agreement with the appropriate state or province to qualify. 
  • Website: www.GetReadyForCollege.org (Search for “reduced out of state tuition)

CSS/Financial Aid Profile

In Minnesota, Augsburg, Carleton, Gustavus, Macalester, and St. Olaf require the CSS/Financial Aid Profile (by the College Board). Few colleges nationwide require this profile. Check if your college requires it as there is a fee involved.

Website: student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile

Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS)

MCIS provides financial aid and scholarships information.

  • Go to "financial aid" for a list of financial aid sources.
  • Go to "financial aid sort" to define search criteria such as, program of study, gender, race or ethnicity.

Website: www.mncis.intoCareers.org
NOTE: The CCC office can give you the WHS username/password for this site.

Midwest Association of Financial Aid Administrators

Find one of the best lists of financial aid websites available.

Website: www.mafaa.org >Public>Internet Resources

Financial Aid for Students

This U.S. Department of Education website provides information about financial aid programs.

Website: www.ed.gov

Financial Aid for Native American Students

Students of Native American heritage may qualify for scholarships, such as BIA scholarships. A Certificate of Indian Blood card may be required for eligibility.

Website: www.finaid.org/otheraid/natamind.phtml

Military Aid

Information on education financial aid resources provided to students interested military careers. Information is for U.S. citizens primarily.

Website: www.finaid.org/military