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      Streamlined FAFSA makes it easier for Minnesota students to access financial aid

      Posted on April 02, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      FAFSA tools can help Minnesota students get access to financial aid

      Getting ready for college or career school can be easier than you think. Visit the FAFSA website for more information.

      Governor Dayton knows that providing all of our students access to affordable post-secondary education is vital to preparing all Minnesotans for great jobs for generations to come. Last year, Governor Dayton worked with the Legislature to increase financial aid for our students and freeze tuition at public colleges and universities. Now, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education encourages students to take advantage of the recently improved Free Application for Federal Student form (FAFSA) to access additional student aid.

      The U.S. Department of Education improved the FAFSA by adding two new features to make the application simpler to complete and to encourage more Americans to get the education they need for bright futures. The new FAFSA Completion Tool and Financial Aid Toolkit make the application process straightforward, and help high school principals and counselors identify students who should complete the form. Here in Minnesota, the Office of Higher Education has ratcheted up its outreach efforts to help students and families complete the form.

      FAFSA Reform – By the Numbers

      23 minutes    Time it takes to complete the FAFSA online

      58%        High school seniors completed the FAFSA in 2012-2013

      70%    High school seniors who completed the FAFSA that enrolled in college or university

      Increasing educational opportunity for all Minnesotans is critical creating good jobs and bright futures. The Governor is dedicated to ensuring that Minnesotans have access to post-secondary education – making it easier to get financial aid will help achieve this important goal.