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Paying for College

Think college is too expensive for you? Don't rule it out just because of costs. Financial aid is available for most students.

Going to college is an investment in your future. It's also a way to get the skills and education you need for a good career. Although college costs are increasing, financial aid is available for many who need it.

The cost to attend college for a full year is more than tuition alone. There are additional room and board, books and supplies, personal and transportation expenses. Minnesota Office of Higher Education's What Does College Cost? offers a useful graph of the Average Annual Expense for a Resident Undergraduate Attending Full-Time at a Minnesota College. To see current tuition and fees for individual colleges, go to Minnesota Tuition and Fees. Reciprocity agreements with border states as well as non-resident rates are indicated.

All Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) provide opportunities to earn an affordable degree while keeping college debt levels as low as possible. The college cost comparison chart includes tuition and fees information for public and private colleges and universities throughout Minnesota.

Most schools expect you to pay a share of your education costs. The cost to attend usually includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses. Your financial need is the difference between this total cost at a particular school and the amount you can reasonably contribute.

Most students receive a financial aid package that includes at least one of the three types of aid: grants and scholarships, loans, or work study.

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