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General Scholarship/ Financial Aid Info


Seniors, it's time to start solidifying your plans for next year and begin applying for scholarships. Please be aware of scholarship deadlines.   

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Links to Financial Aid / Scholarship Information

FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid, US Dept. of Education: 
The FAFSA website is a first step in the financial aid process. Three years ago there were new changes to the FAFSA. In past years, students could begin on FAFSA October 1st. With more changes taking place in FAFSA students can now begin January 1st. More information is provided on this website in addition to the introduction to financial aid link below.  

Financial Aid Presentation: Winter
This presentation will be held by Rural MN CEP representatives to explain more about FAFSA, the process and more beneficial information about higher education.

More Financial Aid Information:
This website provides an easy way to plan your future. You can explore careers and colleges, plan your education, and also learn more about the financial aid process.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education:
MOHE is very similar to the iseek website. There is information on how to choose a college, how to prepare for college, and how to pay for it. 

North Star Promise 

Minnesota Future Together Grants- A new grant program offering tuition-free pathways for students in high-need career areas: 
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form OR Minnesota Dream Act Application if you haven’t already done so for the 2023-2024 school year. Completing the applicable form will serve as the application for receiving a Minnesota Future Together Grant, as well as other grants and financial aid resources. 
  • Access the FAFSA form
  • Access the Minnesota Dream Act Application

Madison Trust Company: A Guide to Scholarships and Financial Aid

Online Scholarships
Below are numerous online scholarship websites that provide information about scholarships from all over the country. Generally, you create an account and the website generates scholarships that you may be eligible for.


Warnings signs of a scholarship scam

  • Application fees
  • Other fees
  • Guaranteed winnings
  • Everybody is eligible
  • We apply on your behalf
  • Unsolicited opportunities
  • Failure to substantiate awards
  • Typing & spelling errors
  • No telephone number
  • Mail drop for a return address
  • Operating out of a residence
  • Masquerading as a federal agency
  • Claims of a government, Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau approval
  • Suggesting that they are a non-profit, charitable organization when they are not
  • Suggestions of influence with scholarship sponsors
  • Time pressure
  • Unusual requests for personal information
  • Notification by phone
  • High success rates
  • Excessive hype
  • The unclaimed aid myth
  • Disguised advertising
  • a newly-formed company
  • A Florida or California address
  • Gives you a runaround or nonspecific information

For further information on scholarship scams