We believe that making our world-class education affordable for families is the right thing to do. We are committed to helping you understand all of the resources available to make your U of M education affordable. At the University of Minnesota, you will learn from world-renowned professors at a top research university, all for a great value.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about financial aid. If you have questions about the University of Minnesota and financial aid, please don't hesitate to contact us! You can speak with a financial aid counselor through the U of M student services center, One Stop:
We are here to provide you with great academics, great opportunities, and great value to support you and help you achieve your academic, personal, and professional goals. There are a number of things we do to help make the U of M a great value for you and your family:
Families can apply for financial aid from the University of Minnesota using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). One application is all it takes to be considered for aid at the U of M and at any other schools you are considering. We strongly encourage every family to submit the FAFSA, even if they think they may not be eligible for aid. Regardless of your income level, the best resources for financial aid (University, state and federal aid) are only available through the FAFSA.
We use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and University aid programs. A financial aid package might include grants, loans, scholarships, and/or work study. We encourage you to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after it becomes available on October 1 of your senior year of high school.
The FAFSA, available in both English and Spanish, is available online. Be sure to release your information to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities by including the U of M Federal School Code of 003969.
You may apply for aid before you receive an admission decision from the University of Minnesota. However, you won't learn what aid you've been awarded until you have been admitted.
If you are applying for financial aid for the 2020-21 year, you may use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, which will automatically fill in information for part of your FAFSA form. More information on the IRS Data Retrieval form is available on the Federal Student Aid website.
The FAFSA will be available on October 1, the winter before you enroll, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive notification of your financial aid eligibility. The U of M's priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is March 1, the spring before you enroll.
When we receive your FAFSA information, we will customize a financial aid package based on your eligibility and needs. We encourage you to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible starting Oct 1, but no later than the March 1 priority date to receive your estimated financial award prior to the May 1 enrollment confirmation deadline. The Office of Student Finance begins sending estimated financial aid awards in February.
Note, we encourage an early FAFSA application so you have all of the information needed to proceed by May 1!
When your FAFSA is complete, you will be considered for federal and state aid programs, as well as for those funded by the University.
Throughout high school and especially in the fall of your senior year, you should also check with your high school, public library, local businesses, and community organizations for scholarships. You may also search the U of M's One Stop Student Services Grant and Scholarship Resources site.
Your financial need is the difference between our estimates of your cost of attending the University and the amount the federal and state governments expect you and your family to contribute to those costs.
Cost of attendance - Family resources = Financial need
Your total expected family contribution is calculated using a federal needs analysis formula and is based on income and other data you report on the FAFSA, including your own savings and employment income.
If you are found to have financial need, we will offer you financial aid to meet that need. The aid offered may be any combination of grants, loans, scholarships, or work-study.
We encourage you to use the University's Net Cost Calculator for Future Freshmen to get a sense for the need-based aid for which you might be eligible. (Future transfer students should visit this Cost of Attendance Calculator.)
Financial aid money can be used to cover many educational expenses, such as tuition, housing, books, and transportation.
If you have questions about financial aid, contact One Stop, the U of M student services center. Our One Stop counselors are happy to answer your questions:
For further information, you may also wish to visit these sites:
The University of Minnesota cannot offer financial aid to international undergraduate students. Please visit our page with costs, visa, and scholarship information for international students for more details.