Common Inquiries

Find answers to your questions about completing the FAFSA at a Minnesota College Goal workshop.

Why should I fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

The FAFSA is the financial aid form required by most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools in the nation. By completing the FAFSA, students can qualify for thousands of dollars in financial assistance, including grants and scholarships that do not have to be paid back, work-study jobs, or student loans that require repayment.

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What if I am not sure I am going to college?

Many students are not sure if they will be continuing their education right after high school. By completing the FAFSA, there is no obligation to attend, and you will have this important form completed in case you decide to attend later that year.

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Can my parents and I fill out the FAFSA online?

Yes, you can fill out the FAFSA online. It is recommended that you and your parents get FAFSA FSA IDs first so you can sign the FAFSA electronically. A FSA ID can be applied for at Using an electronic signature eliminates having to print out, sign and send in a signed paper application.

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What should I bring to the Minnesota College Goal workshop?

Students 23 years of age or younger bring their parent's income and asset information.

Students 24 years of age or older bring their own income and asset information.

Income and Asset Information:

If you do not have or cannot find any of these items, please attend a workshop anyway so a counselor can help you start the financial aid application process.

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What if I don't have all these materials or I forget something?

Don't miss the valuable instruction provided at the workshop! You can still attend even if your income information is incomplete or you forget something. After the workshop, locate the required materials, complete the FAFSA, and submit it for processing.

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What if my parents can't come?

You can bring all the materials and complete most of the FAFSA at Minnesota College Goal. You and your parent can finish completing the FAFSA when they are available.

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What if I can't go, but my parents can?

Your parents can bring all the materials and complete most of the FAFSA at Minnesota College Goal. You and your parent can finish completing the FAFSA when you are available.

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Will anyone see my personal information, such as family income?

You will be completing the FAFSA, and at no time will anyone ask to see your personal information. If you need help on a section that includes personal information, all information reviewed by the Minnesota College Goal volunteers will be kept private and confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than helping you complete the FAFSA.

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Will there be translation available?

If translation is available, it is noted in the site location information.

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What happens after I complete the FAFSA?

After you complete the FAFSA, you will receive an email with a link to your Student Aid Record (SAR) and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The institutions you list on the FAFSA will receive an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR). It is best to contact all of the colleges you plan on attending to ask if they need additional information from you.

Once you are accepted and register for classes, the financial aid for which you qualify is applied toward tuition and fees. If you borrow more than the amount of tuition and fees, you may receive the difference.

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