Contact: Sandy Connolly, Director of Communications
Office of Higher Education
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education urges all new and returning undergraduate college students to apply for financial aid to help them pay for education in academic year 2010- 2011. Students apply online, submitting prior-year income and other information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at fafsa.ed.gov. The federal application determines a student's eligibility for state and federal need-based grants and loans, and is used by some colleges to award additional grants and scholarships.
It's free to apply, and students may begin applying now for the fall 2010 term.
"Financial aid has helped thousands of Minnesotans attend college," said David Metzen, director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. "Students and families should apply now to get the process started."
Much like a tax form, the FAFSA has been shortened in recent years and requires an average of one hour for students and their families to complete. While the application deadline to receive federal aid is June 30, 2011 for the 2010-11 academic year, the application is also used to apply for aid from state financial aid programs and colleges with earlier deadlines. Some college scholarship deadlines are as early as February.
Six tips for students seeking aid:
|Brainerd, MN||2/1/10||6:30 pm||Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus|
|Crookston, MN||2/21/10||1-3 pm||University of Minnesota, Crookston, Bede Ballroom|
|Faribault, MN||2/21/10||2-4 pm||Faribault High School|
|Faribault, MN||2/24/10||6 pm||South Central College, Faribault campus|
|Ivanhoe, MN||2/1/10||5 pm||Lincoln High School|
|Luverne, MN||1/19/10||7 pm||Luverne High School|
|Madison, MN||1/18/10||6:30 pm||Lac qui Parle High School|
|Mankato, MN||2/14/10||2-4 pm||Mankato East High School|
|Milaca, MN||2/8/10||7 pm||Milaca High School|
|Minneapolis, MN||2/9/10||6-8 pm||Brian Coyle Community Center|
|Minneapolis, MN||2/9/10||2:30-5:30 pm||South High School, career center|
|Minneapolis, MN||3/10/10||2:30-5:30 pm||South High School, career center|
|Mounds View, MN||2/22/10||5-7 pm||Irondale High School|
|New Ulm, MN||1/27/10||7:30 pm||Martin Luther College, auditorium|
|North Mankato, MN||2/23/10||6 pm||South Central College|
|Redwood Falls, MN||1/14/10||6:30 pm||Redwood Valley High School|
|Rochester, MN||2/28/10||1:30-3:30 pm||University of Minnesota, Rochester, 111 South Broadway|
|St. Joseph, MN||1/25/10||7 pm||College of St. Benedict, Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center|
|St. Paul, MN||2/11/10||6-8 pm||Como Park High School|
|St. Paul, MN||2/25/10||6-8 pm||Como Park High School|
|St. Paul, MN||2/9/10||6:30-8 pm||Johnson Aerospace and Engineering High School|
|St. Paul, MN||2/6/10||12:30-2:30 pm||Metropolitan State University/Dayton's Bluff Library|
|Staples, MN||1/25/10||6:30 pm||Central Lakes College, Staples campus|
|Tyler, MN||2/2/10||7 pm||RTR High School|
Sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education and the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership.
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is a state agency providing financial aid programs and information to students about preparing and paying for college.