Students and Families
Our goal is to empower you and your family with the information you need to achieve your college goals.
About Our Workshops
Should You Attend? Our workshops are for students who plan to attend college during the next academic year. These workshops are designed for those who are low income or have no family history of attending college. However, any students who feel they need financial aid to attend college and who need help applying for that aid are encouraged to attend one of the workshops held across the state.
When and Where? Workshops are held on various dates and times throughout the state between February 1 and May 1 each year.
A Minnesota College Goal workshop usually lasts for two hours, during which you will complete the FAFSA, assisted by trained professionals. Please arrive on time in order to have plenty of time to receive information and complete the FAFSA.
Pre-registration is not required.
More Questions about Our Workshops? Find answers to common workshop questions or contact us.
Financial Aid Information
Visit our Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions page for detailed financial aid information.
Need help with financial aid terms? Use this online glossary.
Paying for College
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Information About Federal Student Aid Programs
- Federal Student Loans: Information about the Direct Loan Programs for subsidized, unsubsidized, Parent PLUS loan, and Graduate PLUS loan. Sign your promissory note, go through entrance and exit counseling, and learn about repayment plans. You can even estimate your monthly loan payments.
- Minnesota Office of Higher Education: Learn more about state financial aid such as the Minnesota State Grant, reciprocity and preparing for college.
- Residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, or Nebraska: You may be able to attend a Minnesota institution at a reduced tuition rate through the Midwest Student Exchange Program.
- Send your child to school with a 529 college savings plan.
- Get Ready for College: Valuable information on college preparation, selection and financial aid.
- CollegeUp offers practical advice and resources to help you with FAFSA completion and paying for college.
You should never have pay to complete the FAFSA, search for scholarships, or apply for scholarships. Beware of FAFSA and scholarship scams that charge money. Visit the Federal Trade Commission website for more information.
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