Paying For College
- Seniors can apply for financial aid the FAFSA beginning in October
- Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they can
- Families should NEVER PAY for a financial aid application or any kind of scholarship search. Please have students contact their counselor or career advisor to get free information about filling out the fafsa or scholarship searches. Scholarship information is also located on our website www.isd15.org/scholarships
Things to complete BEFORE APPLYING for Financial Aid
Prior to Financial Aid Night if you intend to complete the FAFSA at that time
- Make a FINANCIAL AID FOLDER to keep all information together.
- Go to the Student Federal Aid website to register for an FSA ID.
- Seniors who plan to attend any postsecondary institution (technical, two year or four year college/university) should apply as soon as the FAFSA opens. (October 1 of Senior Year)
- Use your personal email NOT your school email to create your FSA ID
- If you are male and 18 years old or older: Go to the Selective Service Foundation website to complete the documentation needed.
- Research different colleges you may want to attend. The FAFSA has the opportunity to send your financial information to up to 10 different post-secondary institutions. Students can browse websites for different postsecondary institutions, their Naviance account or visit the career center to decide where they would like to attend after high school. The career center also has a form for college tours that students can pick up before they take a tour.
Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
- Apply for admission to one of more colleges (keep in mind that many applications are free during the last week of October).
- Apply for financial aid on the FAFSA website using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after October 1 of Senior Year. Undocumented students should use the MN State Financial Aid Application instead of the FAFSA.
- Apply for scholarships offered by the colleges or other sources. Check out the free online scholarships sites such as www.fastweb.com to search for private scholarships.
- Receive college admittance letters (timing varies).
- Receive letters from colleges outlining your financial aid eligibility (usually March 1 or later, depending on when you submitted your FAFSA), and respond accordingly. Keep in mind that letters received may be an ESTIMATE and plan accordingly.