Financial Aid 

Be sure to apply for financial aid.  Even if you are not sure of your family's ability to pay for college, you have nothing to lose by applying. Keep good records of your family's income and assets.  These documents will help you greatly to complete applications more quickly and accurately if you have to request additional financial assistance.

Be timely.  Submit your financial aid application as early as you can.  As the year goes on, schools have fewer and fewer financial dollars to give to students.  Even with these precautions, it isn't uncommon to find a school that seems out of your price range.  Don't give up!  Contact the financial aid office of the college in question, to make sure that you have exhausted all options.  Scholarships and other awards, such as grants, are also available to students from many different sources.

Be patient, honest and as thorough as possible.  You most likely will be able to find a solution.

Financial Aid Websites

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
Allows students to apply online for student financial aid.

Allow students and parents to request and activate a FSA ID to apply online for student financial aid.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Provides information on preparing and paying for higher education as well as how to select a school. 

Federal Student Aid
Provides links to information on student financial aid. 

FinAid Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Provides links to information on student financial aid. 

Saving for College Websites

Minnesota 529 College Saving Plan
Internet Guide to 529 Plans
Saving for College Calculator