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If you would like an estimate of your financial aid prior to January 1st when you can complete the FAFSA, the following sites can provide you with an early estimate of your eligibility for a federal Pell Grant or a Minnesota State Grant (Minnesota residency requirements apply). Even if you are not eligible for a federal Pell Grant or a Minnesota State Grant, there are many other types and sources of financial aid for which you may be eligible.

Completing an online estimator is not an application for financial aid. To apply for financial aid, please refer to the section “How to Apply for Financial Aid”.  The results of the estimate are only as accurate as the information you provide and should only be used as an estimate.

  • FAFSA4caster: Students and parents can begin exploring financial aid options and get an early start on the financial aid process by using this federal estimator. This estimator offered through the U.S. Department of Education provides you and your family with an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. Much of the information that you enter in the FAFSA4caster will populate your FAFSA on the Web application.
  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education Estimator:  The financial aid estimator will help you estimate your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, and other federal aid. The estimator is based on the federal calculation of your Estimated Family Contribution and the tuition and fees for the Minnesota institution you select.
  • Net Price Calculator: This tool helps students and families get an estimate of what it may cost to attend St. Cloud State University. The estimate assumes you are a degree-seeking, undergraduate student enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) in fall and spring semesters. Information you enter is not retained, transmitted, or used by St. Cloud State University or any third party.
  • College Cost Calculator: Current and prospective students may use this calculator to estimate how much an individual college may cost by the time they enroll.

To plan your budget (costs minus financial aid) while in school, you may want to use our Estimated Budget Worksheet resource.

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