Financial Preparation

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Completing the FAFSA is the first step in the college financial aid process. This form is required for any student seeking federal aid. For information about the FAFSA and ability to download or apply online:  FAFSA Express


Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

The Midwest Student Exchange Program allows residents of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska to enroll in designated institutions and programs at reduced tuition levels outside of their home state. Some schools in the province of Manitoba also participate. The Midwest Student Exchange Program is an interstate initiative established by the Midwestern Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to increase educational opportunities for students in its member states. This program enables residents at reduced tuition (150% of resident tuition) levels. The basic core college prep courses apply for many of these schools' requirements.


Reciprocity institutions

Minnesota residents may attend public institutions in Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota and pay tuition at a rate lower than non-resident or, in some cases, comparable to resident rates.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education financial aid estimator 


For more information on perparing for college, including tips for choosing a college, how to finance it and more, check out the rest of Minnesota Office of High Education's website.

Free scholarship search sites



Funding databases