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Financial Aid Estimator

Estimate state and federal financial aid you might receive if you attend a Minnesota institution


This tool helps estimate your eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, and/or federal education tax benefits at a Minnesota institution. Financial aid estimations are based on your family's income and Minnesota institution you select, among other factors.

To estimate your student financial aid benefits, this program uses income, taxes paid, assets and other information you and/or your parents use to complete income tax returns. The calculation determining your "Estimated Family Contribution" for financial aid eligibility was developed by the federal government and is uniformly applied by all colleges.

The results provided here should only be used as an estimate and are no substitute for determining the financial aid you will receive by any institution after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Note that your financial aid my vary, based on the institution you select since tuition and fees charged are also used in financial aid calculations.

Begin with the Following Questions:

Are you a


Will you have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to enrollment?


Will you be enrolled in a program that leads to a degree, certificate or diploma?


Can you answer 'yes' to any of the following questions?

  • Will you be 24 years of age or older before January 1, 2018 (or January 1 of the academic year you will attend?)
  • As of the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces or are you on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training?
  • Are you married? (includes same-sex marriage that took place in jurisdiction where same-sex marriage is legal)
  • Do you have legal dependents (other than a spouse and children) who will live with you and receive more than one-half of their support from you during the 2017-2018 academic year?
  • Do you have any children who receive more than one-half of their support from you?
  • When you were age 13 or older, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent/ward of the court?
  • As of today, are you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • As of today, are you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did the director of an emergency shelter program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

Will your parents (or someone else) claim you as a dependent on their 2017 federal income tax return?