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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your main source of financial aid ( The FAFSA is available to be completed starting October 1st of each year, so students can get a jump start on this the fall of their senior year.  Seniors who are planning on attending any type of post-secondary school, should fill out this application. The FAFSA will determine state, federal and institutional dollars. At the end of the form, you will be asked which colleges you would like to have this information sent. Each college has their own priority deadline, so do your best to get the FAFSA done by that date. If you are considering more than one college at this time, go with the earliest deadline. You and your parents will each need your own login. If your parents already have one from an older sibling in the past seven years, then they do not need another one. 

Reciprocity and Midwest Exchange Program

Reciprocity is an agreement the state of Minnesota has with North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, in which students do not have to pay out-of-state tuition to attend state colleges and universities out of their home state. This does not pertain to private post-secondary schools, where cost of attendance is the same for all students. This program is a great source of financial savings to students, but they must fill out the reciprocity form. Students can fill out the Reciprocity form online at:

The Midwest Exchange Program is similar to reciprocity, but not every public college within a particular state participates.  To find a listing of those colleges that do offer the exchange program, go to        

TCU Financial Aid Night

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATIONAL MEETING: For seniors (and their parents) interested in any type of post-secondary school on Monday, October 8th 2018 at 6:30 pm. in the TCU High School Band Room. Jayne Dinse, from South Central College, Mankato will be walking you through each step of the FAFSA application. Learn about scholarships, loans, and work study options for your senior. The FAFSA application is your main Source of financial aid!!! Financial Aid packets are available for each senior in the counseling office.

The FAFSA is a federal application which is used for students going to any type of post-secondary schooling (two-year, four-year, cosmetology school, trade school, etc).  This event is not just for students planning to attend South Central College or a two-year school.

Financial Aid Resources

There are other sources for obtaining money for college besides the FAFSA application. Be sure to check with your parents/student employers, local scholarships and the college that your student plans to attend. Check out the links below for more options. ;