Community and technical colleges offer students many forms of financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships. Loans must be repaid but grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid. Each college has a financial aid office where students can get information about applying for financial assistance. Individual college websites also provide a wealth of information about how to apply for aid and about the types of aid available.
The most basic grant is the Federal Pell Grant. It is the grant to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources may be added. Pell Grants are given to undergraduate students.
The first step in applying for federal aid and for many state student aid programs is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Electronic versions of the FAFSA make applying for financial aid faster and easier than ever. And remember, help is available, especially if you don't wait until the last minute!
Scholarships are generally based on one or more of the following: student financial need, merit, or enrollment in a specific program. Information about scholarships is available online at an individual college website or at its campus foundation office.
Work--study awards help you earn extra money by working on campus. Working on campus can be an excellent way to get to know your college better and to meet staff and faculty who can lend a helping hand when you need one.
For more information, visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Web site.
ISEEK, the Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge, is a Web-based gateway to Minnesota career, employment, education, and business development information and services. The Internet system helps you make smart choices about careers, employment, education, and business growth.
ISEEK provides information in four main areas:
- explore careers
- plan your education
- find a job
- grow your business
At ISEEK you'll find answers to many of your questions about Minnesota colleges as well as descriptions of programs, courses, and areas of study. The site has information about types of colleges and degrees, how to apply, financial aid, and how to plan your college career. Visit the ISEEK Web site for more information.
Minnesota Online is a resource of all online educational opportunities offered by the Minnesota State Colleges and University system (MnSCU). This system consists of 25 community/technical colleges and seven state universities. Visit the Minnesota Online Web site to learn about online courses and a variety of online programs, including the Mindquest Academy. At this site, you can also find information about planning for college and applying for financial aid and you can get help with your questions through live and online contacts.