Eligibility for federal and state financial aid depends on your status as the student. If you are a U.S. citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen - even if your parents are not - you are eligible to apply for federal and state aid and should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If your parents do not have a valid social security number (SSN), they should enter 000-00-0000 (all zeros) as their SSN on the FAFSA. The parents should not use a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or an SSN that is valid for work purposes only.
There are recent changes to U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy, known as "Deferred Action", for individuals under age 31. However, "Deferred Action" has no impact on current federal law governing higher education. Please review the MnSCU list of "Deferred Action" FAQs.
Federal and state financial aid is not available for undocumented students. If you are an undocumented student, there may be private scholarships and loans that can help assist with your educational costs.