FAFSA opens October 1 | Outreach Events | Office Closed | New Podcast Episodes

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Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Updates From the Office of Higher Education Twice a Month


FAFSA opens October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filling season starts on October 1. Students and families are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA as early as they can to make sure they have access to the financial aid available to them. Completing the FASFA opens the door to scholarships and grants, work-study and loans and is the most important step for students to receive help affording college.

There have been some changes to the FAFSA this year and the Office of Higher Education is offering a free virtual training on filling the FAFSA.

FAFSA Training
October 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
This is a comprehensive overview of the FAFSA Application for the 2022-2023 academic year. The presenter will be Jeff Olson, Financial Aid Director, Bethel University.

Dream Act Training and Public Engagement Call

OHE is providing a number of virtual outreach events this fall including Dream Act Training and a Public Engagement Call. Learn about the higher education resources available to you and your students. Participation is free and open to all. Don’t miss these upcoming events.

Dream Act Training
November 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
This session will provide information on completing the 2022-2023 Dream Act Application, including tips for working through the application with students and families and new resources in English and Spanish. Presented by Meghan Flores, State Financial Aid Manager Minnesota at the Office of Higher Education.


Higher Education Fall Update
October 27 from 10:00-11:00am
With Minnesota’s schools and colleges back in session, the Office of Higher Education would like to invite you to join us for a fall update. Starting with an address from Commissioner Olson, we will provide an update on COVID-19, financial aid, upcoming grants, and statewide initiatives. All are welcome.


Office Closed

Due to COVID-19 concerns, our office will be closed to the public and our staff are working remotely. You can still reach our staff by phone (651-642-0567) or email. If you need to physically bring a document to our office, please contact the appropriate department to schedule a time when staff will be in the office.

New Podcast Episodes

The ninth and tenth episodes of our podcast, Life After Now, have been released. In episode 9, Liz Bolsoni talks to Nawang Palkit, multicultural admissions counselor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. And in episode 10, she chats with the president of Macalester College, Dr. Suzanne Rivera, about her own experiences, how they have informed her leadership, and what higher education institutions can do to authentically promote inclusivity.

Listen on: Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Anchor, Breaker, and Pocket Casts. Subscribe and share!

Ep. 9

ep. 10

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