Many students qualify for some type of financial aid. See the eligibility requirements for most types of financial aid, aid offer timelines, how to apply, and information on revising and appealing your aid. Other types of aid include loans, grants, and scholarships.
Keep in mind that most financial aid awards require that you enroll in a minimum number of credits in order to receive the award. The minimum number of credits varies depending on the type of award.
Filling out the FAFSA
You can apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA, even if they think they may not be eligible for aid. You should submit the FAFSA each year you're in college to continue to receive financial aid. The FAFSA application becomes available on October 1 every year.
Work-study awards are a form of financial aid that is available to students with financial need. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a work-study award. Work-study awards are included in your Financial Aid Award Notice.
Most student jobs can use your work-study funds to pay you, however, please check with each office when you apply for the position. Once you are hired, you receive your work-study award through your paychecks distributed every two weeks.
Estimating College Costs and Paying Tuition
Scholarships & Emergency Funds
Undergraduate Scholarship Search
The undergraduate scholarship search provides an individualized list of scholarships that you are eligible to apply for based on your student profile.
Student Emergency Funds
The University of Minnesota has created emergency funds to assist and support University of Minnesota students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event.
These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a supplement to a student's education funding sources. Instead, these funds are for those students who experience an event or unforeseen circumstance that negatively and severely impacts their academic success.
Undergraduate Child Care Assistance
There are a number of childcare assistance grants and other funding for undergraduate student parents.