Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

By choosing to attend the University of Minnesota Crookston, you can be assured that the value you place on your education is equaled by the value we place on our students. We strive to provide the best financial aid package to our students - awarding aid through a consistent and equitable process while delivering personalized service. We are dedicated to assisting you with making the University of Minnesota Crookston, the right choice for you.

Apply for Aid

FAFSA online
School Code: 004069

Priority Deadlines

Beginning October 1st, you can complete your FAFSA for NEXT year (2017-2018 academic year) using your 2015 taxes.
New Student Scholarship Application will be available for new students from October 1st to December 31st.
Returning Student Scholarship Application will be available from October 1st to March 1st .

Tuition and Costs

Tuition and Costs

Each year the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships establishes standard student budgets that use cost of attendance (COA) estimates for awarding financial aid funds. The budgets reflect typical "modest but adequate" expense patterns of University of Minnesota students based on research conducted by Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships Staff from reliable sources.

Some students will spend more than the standard amounts, while others will spend less, depending on individual lifestyles and circumstances. Eligibility for financial aid, however, will be based on the standard budget allowances, not on individual preferences and spending habits.

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships estimates are sometimes higher than the COA estimates provided by other offices on campus. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships figures use any projected tuition and fee increases, as well as living expenses (room and board, transportation, and personal expenses).

2016 -2017 Resident/Non-Resident Cost of Attendance

Expense Yearly
Tuition & Fees $11,646
Room & Board $8,366
Books & Supplies $1,200
Transportation $712
Personal/Miscellaneous Expenses/Loan Fees $1,580
Total Cost of Attendance 

Cost Planning Calculator

Cost Planning Calculator

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Eligibility, Requirements, Rights, Responsibilities, Revisions & Appeals

Eligibility, Requirements, Rights, Responsibilities, Revisions & Appeals

Eligibility Requirements

To receive aid from the major student aid programs you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or be admitted under the Ability to Benefit criteria.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
  • Have financial need.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Sign a statement of educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and default.

In addition:
Federal Stafford and Federal Perkins Loans must be repaid. Undergraduate students who have a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible for Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEOGs, or Minnesota State Grant.

Calculating Eligibility

Your eligibility for financial aid was based on our analysis of your financial “need.” Need is the difference between what it costs to attend college and what you and your family are expected to pay from your own resources.

Financial Need =
[Cost of Attendance] - [Expected Student/Family Contribution]

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college or career school during the year.

The information you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or your FAFSA4caster is used to calculate your EFC. Schools use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.

Note: Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.

For more information about the EFC, see Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid. To request a free copy of Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

Registration Requirements

The award listed on your original FAAN represents an offer based on full-time registration for each term of the academic year. To receive your full award, you must register for a full-time credit load (audit, Independent Study, special exam, and credits taken at other institutions do not count) and be admitted to a degree program for the terms you are awarded aid. Your award will be adjusted if you register for less than full-time status; do not attend UMC for both semesters; or are not admitted to a degree program.

Enrollment status is determined by the number of credit hours you are officially enrolled in at UMC and is defined differently for the Minnesota State Grant Program (see example below) than it is for federal and and UMC financial aid as illustrated in the following chart:

Enrollment Status by Credit Load











Minnesota State Grant


 Exact credit load match for 3-14

* Less than half-time enrollment eligibility for aid is limited.

Financial aid options are limited if you are admitted as an “adult special” student. Part-time students are eligible to apply for the Minnesota State Grant. In addition, a limited amount of aid is available through the Berland Adult Opportunity Grant for students who have not been enrolled in school for 5 or more years. Contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information and application forms.

Graduation Requirements

Learn more about Graduation Requirements related to financial aid.

Rights & Responsibilities

You have a right to:

  • Accept, decline, or seek adjustment to your financial aid award without prejudice.
  • Know how much aid you will receive each term and when it will be disbursed.
  • Know the terms of any work program award you are offered.
  • Know the interest rate, and the amount, method, and starting date of repayment for any loans offered to you.
  • Meet with a counselor and review your financial aid record.
  • Request a counselor to review any decision you feel warrants consideration due to an emergency or circumstance beyond your control.
  • Receive answers to any questions you have about financial aid.
  • Cancel all or a portion of loans offered to you.

You have a responsibility to:

  • Apply annually for financial aid, following the procedures and meeting all deadlines listed in the application and notification publications.
  • Read and retain copies of financial aid information, correspondence, and other related documentation.
  • Complete entrance and exit interview and repay all loans according to the terms of your promissory note and truth-in-lending statement forms. (A hold will be placed on your records if you fail to comply).
  • Provide complete and accurate information.
  • Notify the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships of any change in your name, marital status, scholarship awards, or financial status.
  • Notify your University employer if you cancel from classes or terminate your status.
  • Abide by University policies and the Student Conduct Code.

Also, see:  Consumer Information Annual Notification

Revisions & Appeals

If your financial aid package is revised at any time during the academic year, you will receive a revised Financial Aid Award Notification. Instructions regarding acceptance of the revised aid offer will be included on the notification.

A request for a change in your award must be directed to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Consideration depends upon the availability of funds, financial need, and the University’s funding policies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

How to Apply

  1. Check Eligibility Requirements
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University of Minnesota Crookston Title IV Code is 004069. The FAFSA is available on-line at, high school counselor's offices or the UMC One Stop.
  3. Check out the U Promise Scholarship Program.
  4. Find out more about other Types of Financial Aid.

Note: If you are an undocumented student and eligible for the MN Dream Act, please complete the application at

Check your Financial Aid Status with the University of Minnesota Crookston after you apply!  

MyU - University Portal

Learn how to view your financial aid awards.

Types of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Types of Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • U Promise Scholarship Program
    U Promise is available to eligible undergraduate students enrolling at any University of Minnesota campus. It is comprised of the U Promise Free Tuition Scholarship and the U Promise Middle Income Scholarship.
  • Scholarships
    UMC has many academic scholarships for those who have demonstrated success in the classroom and show promise of continued success! 
  • Grants
    Grants are typically based on financial need and awarded to students with the fewest financial resources to pay for school as determined by the Federal FAFSA. Grants may be available from Federal, State, University and/or outside sources.
  • Work-Study Employment
    Work-Study is an opportunity for on-campus employment. Work-Study is also need based, so you must have need and have been awarded work-study on your financial aid award notification in order to be eligible.
  • Loans
    Loans are money that must be repaid after graduation or leaving school. Usually, student loans have lower interest rates than commercial loans.

Financial Aid Forms

Financial Aid Forms

Forms for any year:

Forms for 2016-2017:

PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Citizenship Status
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Date of Birth Verification
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 FAFSA Signature Page
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Household Size and Number in College Verification
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Asset Verification
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Minnesota State Grant Questionnaire
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 SAP Appeal
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Selective Service Verification
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Social Security Number Verification
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Dependent Verification Worksheet V1
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Dependent Verification Worksheet V5
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Dependent Verification Worksheet V6
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Identity Verification
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Custom Verification Worksheet V4
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Independent Verification Worksheet V1
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Independent Verification Worksheet V5
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Independent Verification Worksheet V6
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Dependent Special Circumstance Appeal
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Independent Special Circumstance Appeal
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Child Care Grant Program Application
PDF File Icon 2016-2017 Child Support Paid Verification Worksheet

Looking For Last Year's Forms?

2015 - 2016

PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Citizenship Status
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Date of Birth Verification
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 FAFSA Signature Page
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Household Size and Number in College Verification
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Asset Verification
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Minnesota State Grant Questionnaire
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Parent Plus Active Confirmation
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 SAP Appeal
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Selective Service Verification
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Social Security Number Verification
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Dependent Verification Worksheet V1
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Dependent Verification Worksheet V5
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Dependent Verification Worksheet V6
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Identity Verification
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Custom Verification Worksheet V4
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Independent Verification Worksheet V1
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Independent Verification Worksheet V5
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Independent Verification Worksheet V6
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Dependent Special Circumstance Appeal
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Independent Special Circumstance Appeal
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Child Care Grant Program Application
PDF File Icon 2015-2016 Child Support Paid Verification Worksheet



The US Department of Education and/or UMC may select students for a process called Verification. This process verifies the information you reported on your FAFSA is correct. The selection of applications is accomplished primarily through a series of edit checks that are designed to identify applications with the greatest likelihood for error. Most selection is at random. If you’re selected, you may be asked to verify: income, federal income tax paid, household size, independent student status, number of family members enrolled in post-secondary education, and untaxed income and benefits received. You may be required to provide copies of other applicable information and/or forms as requested by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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Money Management

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Go to and apply online. You will need your taxes from the prior year. Expect to take about one hour to complete the FAFSA. Students who are dependent will need parent assistance to complete the form. The form must be signed by both student and parent (if dependent). We recommend that you (and a parent) request a PIN number at in order to electronically sign your FAFSA application. You will need to request that the University of Minnesota, Crookston (school code: 004069) receive your information. Once UMC receives your FAFSA information, we are able to determine your aid package.

What is a FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We strongly recommend that you do not pay anyone to complete the FAFSA for you. The FAFSA application is required to receive any federal and/or state financial aid along with any institutional need-based aid. The FAFSA and the formulas used by the Department of Education to calculate your expected family contribution (EFC) were developed by Congress and is used to calculate your financial need.

How do I know if I'm dependent or independent?

The Department of Education and the IRS have different criteria in order determine dependency. You may still be dependent even if your parents did not claim you on their taxes.

For financial aid purposes and for reporting on the FAFSA, you must be able to answer yes to one or more of the following questions:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1988?
  • Are you working on your master's degree?
  • Are you married?
  • Do you have children who receive more than half their support from you? Note: If you and your children live with your parent(s), than you more than likely do not provide 50% of the support and must indicate "no" on your FAFSA.
  • Do you have other dependents that you support?
  • Are your parents deceased or are you a ward of the court/orphan?
  • Are you currently serving or a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?

My parents are divorced and have remarried. Do I have to include my stepparent's tax information when filling out the FAFSA?

You would fill out the FAFSA with the biological parent that has provided the most support over the last year. If that parent is remarried, than you would also include that stepparent's tax information on the FAFSA.

How do I apply for a special circumstance as our last year's taxes do not reflect our current situation?

You would need to fill out the FAFSA with your actual tax information as filed on the priors year's taxes, but can then appeal your financial aid with a Dependent or Independent Special Circumstance form.<link>

Why did my aid change from last year to this year?

There are many variables to your financial aid package. Common ones include changes on the FAFSA such as a different number in college or high school or recent capital gains. You may have exceeded the maximum time frame for MN State Grant. Some types of aid can be exhausted and is awarded to students who applied by the priority dates. Academic scholarships require a 3.25 cumulative GPA a second year of renewal. Please contact our office if you have specific questions.

How does financial aid work over the summer?

We package summer aid sometime in late April after you have registered for your classes. Summer semester is considered the trailer semester of the current academic year. If you have not used up all of your eligibility over fall/spring terms, you may be eligible for the remainder over the summer. The FAFSA carries over from the previous fall/spring terms and is still part of that year.

How do I get notified of my financial aid?

Initially new students admitted for the Fall Semester will get a paper estimated FAAN (Financial Aid Award Notification) sent to their home address in the spring. The official award notice will be emailed to the students UMC email account during the summer/winter break months.

How do I check my financial aid status?

You can check to see what step you are on in the financial aid process at any time at the MyU

I have been selected for verification, what is it and what do I do?

Verification requires that we cross check what was submitted on the FAFSA with your tax information, household information and other relevant data items.

Go to the forms section and print off the verification form for dependent or independent student, depending on what you are. Dependent students will need to provide signed copies of you and your parent(s) federal taxes and all previous year's W2's. For independent students, please submit yours (and your spouse's) federal signed tax return and W2's. Additional forms will be requested if needed.

When will my financial aid be disbursed?

At the earliest, financial aid is disbursed 10 days prior to the start of the term, assuming your file is complete. File "complete" means that:

  • We have received the student's electronic Financial Aid Award Notification (eFAAN) accepting the aid offered;
  • We have received all information requested from the student (e.g., Entrance Counseling, Verification Worksheets, etc. This will vary by individual student);
  • and the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships has completed processing the student's application.

Financial aid payments will be credited electronically to a student's individual billing account. The student's aid programs will be credited to his or her billing account and applied against the bill for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board charges and any additional charges that may have been incurred (bookstore charges, health insurance, etc.,).

NOTE: Any outstanding balance amounts the student owes pending aid are collected at time of disbursement.
For more information contact the Business Affairs Office at (218) 281-8331.

Where does my financial aid go once it's disbursed?

It goes electronically into your student account and pays towards your tuition, fees, books, room and board.

How much does UMC cost?

See Cost of Attendance Budget (see "Tuition and Cost" accordion above)

What is UMC's out of state tuition cost?

UMC does not charge out of state tuition. This is a significant savings for our non-residents and international students.

Am I mailed the bill?

No, you the student will receive an electronic billing statement to your UMC email account after classes have begun. You will not be mailed this statement to your home address.

How do I access my student account?

Click on the student account link for information regarding your bill.

When/where can I pick up my excess check? (I want to live off campus, can I get financial aid to pay for that?)

Once your bill has been paid, you can pick up your excess check at the Business Affairs Office, located in Selvig Hall on the first day of classes.

How do I set up direct deposit?

Please visit the direct deposit link under "Quick Links" on the right side of this page.

How do I get my books if I don't have any money up front?

If you are expecting financial aid to help pay for your books you can use your U Card to charge your books from our bookstore to your student account.

Can my parents call to get information about my financial aid and/or bill?

Only if you have filled out and completed the parent/guest access form.The student must initiate the process by inviting a guest to have access. The guest then logs in to activate the account. Once completed, the student then verifies the guest's information.

I am an aviation student, how does financial aid take into account those additional costs?

After you have registered for your aviation classes, we increase your overall budget to accommodate for those flying expenses and you are emailed and mailed a copy of the budget adjustment. You can take out various loans to help with those additional costs. Adjustments to your budget and financial aid occur every semester based on the costs of the aviation courses for which you are enrolled.

I'm a first time student loan borrower at UMC and have accepted a Direct Loan. Where do I go sign the promissory note?

You can go online to to sign your master promissory note. You will need a FSA ID to log in to your account. 

I'm a first time student loan borrower at UMC and have accepted a Direct loan. Where do I complete the entrance counseling requirement and take the quiz?

You can go to and log in to begin you entrance counseling. You will need a FSA ID to log in. Read through the information carefully and then take the quiz. Don't forget to submit the results to our school!

I've accepted a SELF loan, now what do I do?

First, your co-signer should get pre-qualified at Once they are pre-qualified, then you the borrower should go back to that site, apply online, print the promissory note and directions, get signatures, and mail to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE).

My parents want to take out a Parent Plus loan. How would they do this?

Please have your parent(s) complete the PLUS Loan Active Confirmation Form with the amount they wish to borrow. Please mail or fax the form back to our office. The parent borrower will also have to sign the parent plus promissory note online at Parent borrowers will need an FSA ID unique to themselves, they cannot use their child(rens) FSA ID.

The PLUS Loan does require that a parent be credit-worthy. If a parent is denied the PLUS Loan, the student becomes eligible for additional loan funds through the Direct Loan program. Please contact our office for more information.

What is an alternative or private loan and how do I apply?

An alternative loan or sometimes called a private loan is a loan through a bank or lender. These loans are typically used to fill the gap between what we've offered you in grants and aid and what your cost of attendance is. Please note that alternative loans typically require certification by the financial aid office. We are only able to certify loans up to your cost of attendance less any other aid. For more information, please visit our alternative loan site.

I am an international student. Do I qualify for financial aid or scholarships?

You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to be eligible for financial aid and academic scholarships. As an international student, you are eligible to apply for Specialty Scholarships, including multiple ½ tuition waivers. Additionally, international students may borrow through various alternative loan programs with a credit-worthy U.S. citizen as a co-signer.

How do I apply for scholarships?

UMC offers two different scholarship programs. Academic scholarships, based on academic achievement, are automatically awarded once a student is admitted. Academic scholarships require a minimum GPA of 3.25 and are based on ACT score.

Specialty Scholarships are awarded based on various criteria, including major, hometown, leadership skills, etc. Funds may have been given to UMC and designated by the donor. Students must apply for specialty scholarships via an online application. The application is available to be completed from early January through February 15th for scholarships awarded Fall Semester.

Who do I talk to regarding athletic scholarships?

As part of DII NCAA athletics, UMC is able to award athletic scholarships to student athletes. Please visit with the athletic coach for more information. The Financial Aid Office does not award any athletic scholarships.

I accepted work-study on my award, now what do I do?

You will be responsible in finding work-study employment on-campus. You may search work-study positions online. You will need to contact the contact person and secure employment on your own. Once hired, you will need to fill out an employee contract between you and your supervisor, which you can get from the Financial Aid Office once you arrive on campus. You will also need to turn in payroll documents ( I-9, W-4, and Human Resource Information Form) prior to submitting a time card.

I have a hold on my account, how do I check to see what it is?

Log in to check holds now.

What is our refund policy?

You may find detailed information online.

How does a bad semester academically affect my financial aid?

Students are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. You can be suspended from receiving financial aid if you do not meet the certain criteria related to academic progress. A warning hold will be placed and you will be given a semester of probation if you don't attain the standards of satisfactory academic progress. The following stipulations are required at the time you reach 60 credits.

  • You must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • You must complete at least 67% of the coursework attempted
  • You will be notified if you are approaching the the maximum number of hours required for your degree (You may not receive financial aid if you have attempted 150% of required credits).
  • If you are suspended from the Registrar's Office based on their academic policy, you are automatically suspended from financial aid.
  • You have the right to an appeal if there is an extraordinary situation that prevented you from meeting the SAP criteria.

Policies and Procedures

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Student Services Manager 2
170-D Owen Hall
(218) 281-8576
Financial Aid Officer
(218) 281-8561
Financial Aid Officer
(218) 281-8564

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

University of Minnesota Crookston

170 Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8550

FAX: 218-281-8575


8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Monday - Friday

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