Financial Aid

Financial Aid Resources


Alliss Educational Foundation Grant

Get up to five semester credits and required books free with this program to help adults get back to school.


Big Book of College Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Access a free download of this reference book. (Note: This resource is not endorsed by Minnesota West, but may be of assistance to you.)


Defaulted Student Loan Information

Student loan borrowers in default have options to repay their student loans. The U.S. Department of Education's Collections Department assists those in default by making repayment of their debts a simple process.


Direct Student Loan Information

One stop site for students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options, and college planning. Includes links to Loan Counseling for the Stafford and Perkins federal loan programs.


FAFSA on the Web

Online application for financial aid.


Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)

Online application for the Federal Direct Loan.


Federal Student Aid

Official website for federal student aid information.


The Federal Student Guide

Available in Spanish and English, the Student Guide is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. The Student Guide tells you about grant, loan and workstudy programs and how to apply for them.


Financial Aid Estimator

The financial aid estimator will help you estimate your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, and federal education tax benefits.


Hope Credit and all Federal Tax Benefits

Parent and student guide to Federal tax benefits for tuition and fees.


Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO)

Information for students and parents on preparing academically and financially for their future education.


MNSCU Student Loan Service Center

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities student loan service center.


National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
This website will show all of your Federal student loans and Federal grants. You can check this site to review how much you have borrowed (at all schools) and to check the status of your loans. You can also find out who is servicing your loan. If you have taken out any private loans, you will need to contact the lender for your loan status information.


PIN - Request a PIN

This website is your source of information for the U.S. Department of Education PIN needed for FAFSA and Stafford loan.


Selective Service Registration

Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S. who are 18 through 25 are required to register with Selective Service.


SELF Loan Counseling

Minnesota SELF loan information and counseling.