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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Resources

Alliss Educational Foundation Grant
This grant is available to full-time students who demonstrate financial need. Students must put a bachelor degree completion plan into place with advisor. Grants are a minimum of $500.00.

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.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
Create an FSA ID. This website is your source of information for the U.S. Department of Education FSA ID needed for FAFSA and Stafford loans.

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.

Minnesota State 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.

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.