Financial Aid Office
How to Apply for Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year if you would like to apply for federal and state financial aid (grants, work study, and loans). Students and parents (dependent students) may complete the FAFSA online at

The student and at least one parent (dependent students) whose information was used on the FAFSA should apply for a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) at or while completing the FAFSA online. The federal PIN will serve as your signature on the FAFSA and will also allow you to make online corrections, if necessary.

Tips for completing the FAFSA are available from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education or by contacting the FAFSA Help Line at 1-800-4FED-AID.

Remember that the first word in FAFSA is free. If you choose to use a paid preparer to complete the FAFSA, remember that the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act requires paid preparers to include on the FAFSA their name, their company's name (if applicable), their address or the company address, and either their SSN or the company Employer Identification Number (EIN, as assigned by the IRS). The preparer must also sign the FAFSA. Note: Those who advise students without charging a fee, such as high school counselors and financial aid administrators, are not considered preparers.

To help you with your financial aid planning, please see the sections of our website that refer to Timelines and Important Dates and Deadlines.


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