Financial Aid

Financial Aid Night 2020-2021

It is not possible to have our in person Financial Aid night this fall, however, we have an exciting new opportunity for you to learn about financial aid and more college topics. Here are several sessions that you can opt into next week:

September 28 3:00 p.m. Affording a Private College Education

September 30 2:00 p.m. Paying for College/Financial Aid

September 30 4:00 p.m. Financial Aid 101: The Basics

Many other sessions are also being offered in this Minnesota’s Virtual College Exploration event that runs from September 28-October 14 and is FREE for students and families.

  • Hear from Admission professionals on topics such as paying for college, application essays, college athletic recruitment and more.
  • Learn more about 150 different colleges from all over the country in live information sessions!
  • Register at www.mn-acac.org Students should register for each session they want to attend. Once they register, they'll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar. When students register, they are sharing their registration information only with the colleges presenting on that particular panel. StriveScan does not sell or share personally identifiable student information with any other third parties.
  • Parents can register using their student's information.



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

  • 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