Talk to the college you plan to attend — their Financial Aid Office will be a valuable resource to you.
You must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for financial aid. This should be filled out online sometime after Oct. 1 and before the end of January at the FAFSA website.
Most schools also require the Minnesota supplement and/or institution form. To determine which form(s) you must file, contact the Financial Aid Office at the college to which you are applying.
Before completing your FAFSA application, there are several documents you will need to have ready.
The U.S. Department of Education has created a list of the most common information you will need to know before completing your FAFSA application.
Follow the links below to find out what you will need prior to completing the application:
2019-2020 FAFSA pdf version
2019-2020 Completing the FAFSA Form (Step by Step guide)
2019-2020 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet: provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)
MN Office of Higher Education "Aid for students with Special Circumstances:
MN Office of Higher Education "Resources for Undocumented Students"
Requesting a replacement Social Security Card:
To begin your FAFSA application, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
(Be sure you are accessing the .gov site)
Your application should look like the image pictured below. Begin your app by selecting the Start Here button and walk through the steps as directed.