Start With FAFSA

What is the FAFSA

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is a program under Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education. It is used to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study.

Should I Apply

Yes. No matter what your financial situation is. Apply. Your circumstances may change throughout the academic year. By applying for the FAFSA, the process to have aid available to you will be a quicker process.

How To Apply

Apply for each academic year as soon as possible after October 1st at The sooner you apply the more availability of funds and the less likely you will be stressed out in getting all your finances in order.

School Code: 002360

Include this school code for Minnesota State Mankato.

Financial Aid Steps Overview

There are several steps to the financial aid process. This overview will give you an idea of the order in which the financial aid process happens.

Financial Aid Estimator

An online tool from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education estimates the amount of federal, state, and University-based grants, along with federal education tax benefits, that may be available to you.

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