Apply for Financial Aid
There are currently two types of application for financial aid. Students who are U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who are undocumented or qualify under DACA and meet Minnesota residency requirements can apply through the MN Dream Act Application
This application process is for the Federal and State financial aid programs and the Normandale Scholarship program. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office recommends that you apply electronically by using FAFSA on the Web. Application for financial aid should be made well in advance of the time funds are needed. We recommend allowing at least five weeks for the processing of your financial aid file. Please keep in mind that you must reapply for financial aid each year and you cannot receive aid from more than one school for the same period of enrollment. In order to receive a financial aid award letter you must be admitted to Normandale Community College as a degree seeking student.
MN Dream Act
This application process is for State financial aid programs and the Normandale Scholarship program. You can apply electronically at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website. Application for financial aid should be made well in advance of the time funds are needed. We recommend allowing at least five weeks for the processing of your financial aid file. Please keep in mind that you must reapply for financial aid each year and you cannot receive aid from more than one school for the same period of enrollment. Also note that in order to receive a financial aid award letter you must be admitted to Normandale Community College as a degree seeking student.
For either application, if you are male between the ages of 18 and 25, you must register for the selective service in order to receive Financial Aid. Register for selective service online by going to the Selective Service System web page.
Step 1: Apply for Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
Apply for your FSA ID .
Your parents should also apply for an FSA ID. Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature. For fastest processing, we encourage you to get your FSA ID before you file the FAFSA (you can also request your FSA ID before you submit).
Step 2: Complete FAFSA Online
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at FAFSA On the WEB for the year that you plan to attend Normandale. You must complete a new FAFSA each year you want to receive financial aid. Normandale's Title IV School code is 007954.
Your name and social security number must be reported just like they appear on your Social Security card or it will cause delays.
NEW! For the fastest processing time, we recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval (IDR) process. IDR allows you to transfer your federal tax data directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. If you are unable to use IDR, you should request a copy of your Federal Tax Transcript in case you are selected for verification. If you will not file a federal tax return, keep a copy of your W2s from all jobs worked. For an online tutorial on using IDR, please visit the You Tube video created by the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Step 3: Turn in All Documents
Turn in all documents requested by the Normandale Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. Make sure that all documents are signed by you, your spouse, and parents (if applicable). It is your responsibility to complete your application file, so take a proactive approach to make sure that you have done all that you need to do. Please feel free to call us (952-358-8250) at any time to check on the status of your file! We want to make this process as easy and understandable as possible.
To ensure priority consideration for all programs for the next school year, your financial aid file must be completed by April 1st. Files completed after that date will be processed and awarded with funds still available.
Verification requirements have changed. Students who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval may be asked to provide copies of their Federal Tax Transcripts and/or W2s from all jobs worked. If you did not file taxes, ou may also be required to provide a Verification of Non-Tax Filing form from the IRS. If these documents are needed, we will send you the request via mail and email - do not submit these documents unless we have requested them.
Step 4: Your Award Letter
When your file is complete (ie. all documents requested have been submitted) it will be reviewed. If we need additional information, a request for that information will be emailed to you. If we have all the information we need, we calculate your awards and email you when your awards are ready for you to review on e-services.
Your award letter will tell you what types of funds you are eligible for and the amount you are eligible for at your enrollment level.
Be sure to read all required documents...there is important information regarding your rights and responsibilities that you need to be aware of!
Other Things to Consider
If you are interested in receiving student loans, go to the LoanAPPS On-line in this section for more information on loans and the application process.
If you are interested in working on-campus, go to the Student Employment in this section for more information on student employment.
If you are interested in scholarships, go to the Scholarship Opportunities in this section for information on scholarships.
For information regarding purchasing books, tuition deferment, disbursement of funds, satisfactory academic progress and other financial aid related questions, go to the General Information and Policies in this section.
Post-Secondary Child Care Grant
To apply for the Post-Secondary Child Care Grant (MNCCG), you must have received an award letter, and turned in a completed Post-Secondary Child Care Grant application. A notification of your eligibility will be mailed to you.
Applications are available at the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and online at Forms and Documents.
For more information about this program contact the Financial Aid Office at 952-358-8250.