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Financial Aid

Financial aid is money that helps students afford the cost of college tuition.  Financial aid can also help cover the cost of books, room and board and other costs associated with higher education.  There are four basic categories of financial aid:

How to Apply for Financial Aid
Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or more commonly known as the FAFSA.  The FAFSA is used to determine financial eligibility.

Some colleges/universities also have a supplemental form to complete for financial aid.  If the college/university you are planning to attend does not send you information, feel free to check with them if they require incoming students to complete any supplemental forms.

Many places (such as St. Cloud State University) host financial aid events called "College Goal Events" where families can receive help completing the FAFSA.

This website has a calendar of the locations that host a financial aid completion event.  MN Goes to College

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid,, is where students will complete the financial aid for college.  The form is typically completed online and information such as family income, assets and your residence status will need to be entered.  The FAFSA application is available beginning October 1st of a student's senior year (this is a change as it used to be January 1st).

You will create a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) username and password.

    *Will be used for all federal student aid websites

    *Single sign-on process to access these sites

    *Student and parent will each have a FSA ID (student and parent must register with separate email addresses)