Military Service Education Benefits

Military Service Education Benefits Each branch of the U.S. military has education programs to help members pay for college. To participate in these programs you must meet certain eligibility criteria. Generally, benefits are based on the type and/or length of service. For help to identify POTENTIAL veteran education benefits or incentives that you may be … Read more

Reduced Out-of-State Tuition Options

Reduced Out-of-State Tuition Options There are two key ways to reduce the cost of college when you decide to attend a college in another Midwest state. Reciprocity Minnesota has agreements with neighboring states to provide lower tuition for Minnesota residents to attend public colleges and universities in those states. This is called reciprocity. Typically, non-resident … Read more

About Financial Aid

Although college prices continue to rise, they may not be as high as you might think. And few students or families are expected to pay, out of pocket, the full two- or four-year price of attendance. So don’t let the apparent cost turn you away. Financial aid is available to most students and comes in … Read more

What Does College Cost?

The cost of attending colleges for a full year is determined by the school’s tuition and fees, room (housing) and board (meals), books and supplies, personal expenses and transportation expenses. Put together, this is the total cost to attend the college or university for one academic year. Some students have additional expenses (such as medical … Read more

Paying for College

Paying for college can be difficult, but there are people and resources to help you. Be sure to download or request a free copy of our guide to major federal and Minnesota financial aid programs. IMPORTANT: Read this if your family’s income has been reduced Financial Aid Basics How to Apply Are You Eligible? Grants … Read more

Selecting a College

There are almost 200 public and private postsecondary institutions in Minnesota. But don’t let that number scare you. It just means you have plenty of options. Start by asking yourself which type of career you want. Then find the programs that can make your dreams a reality. If you are undecided about a career, that’s … Read more

Paying For College: How Minnesota Families Make it Happen

Paying For College: How Minnesota Families Make it Happen The Paying for College program and videos are packed with concrete advice from local experts — they help demystify how Minnesota families can finance a four-year college education. Topics include: Higher education is a worthwhile investment. Don’t let “sticker prices” stop you from considering your options. … Read more

Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill program was established in 2007 to provide postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester or term and part-time students may be eligible to receive up to $500 per … Read more

Student Loan Interest Deduction

Student Loan Interest Deduction You may be able to deduct up to $2,500 of the interest you paid on student loans on your federal individual income tax return. The deduction is not limited to government-sponsored loans, but does not apply to loans made to students by family members. The Tax Relief Act of 2010 extended … Read more