ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota Department of Education, The College Place Minnesota and Minnesota Goes to College are launching a series of financial aid webinars for students and families as they prepare for the college entrance process. All sessions will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Participants who attend four of the five sessions will be eligible to win a $500 scholarship, the press release states.
The series, which runs from 7 p.m. from February 8 to March 1, will focus on a variety of topics, including general financial aid information, details about applying for free federal student aid, the Minnesota Dream Act for undocumented students and other ways to pay. for college.
The sessions are:
- February 8, Financial Aid Overview,
- February 15, Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA,
- February 17 Complete the Minnesota Dream Act,
- February 22, Understanding Your Offer Letter,
- March 1, search for scholarships.
“The cost of attending higher education is a significant barrier for many Minnesotans, making awareness of available financial aid a critical part of our outreach,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Education Dennis Olson. higher education, in the press release. “Regardless of family income, many grants are available to help make college more affordable, and completing the FAFSA is an important first step to accessing these funds and being able to pursue post-secondary education.”
“Overall, fewer students completed their financial aid application process. However, the good news is that it’s not too late and students have resources to support them,” said Tara Pribnow, principal of ECMC’s The College Place Minnesota, who will present on the series of virtual events, in the press release. “This collaboration exemplifies the breadth of help and guidance for Minnesota students, and we hope to increase completion and get more students on the right path to post-secondary education.”
To register for one of the webinars using Zoom, visit:
for more information on each of Minnesota’s financial aid programs. Questions can be directed to the state financial aid hotline at 651-642-0567.