The FAFSA is your friend

College tuition is not free – we know that. And we know that worrying about how to pay for college is a major barrier for students not starting or not completing a program. I’m writing today to tell you there ARE options to help you finance your education without breaking the bank and they all begin with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 3377765_xxl

Here are just two financial assistance sources that you may (or may not) be aware of:

  • The Alliss Educational Foundation Grant is awarded to students with financial need who are enrolled in a two-year college program that is designed for transfer to a baccalaureate program. Eligibility for this grant has recently changed, so be sure you’re looking into this option!
  • Graduating high school seniors may be eligible for a two-year occupational grant available through a pilot program. Many Distance Minnesota online programs are among the qualifying programs. The grant covers any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the student’s Federal Pell Grant and MN State Grant have been applied.

Eligibility for these resources begin with completing the FAFSA, so apply early!

For additional assistance on locating financial assistance sources, contact the Distance Minnesota online support team at 1-800-657-3930 or by email.

Contributed by: Nicole Seifert | Sr. Online Advisor

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