Financial Aid & Scholarship Information for Freshmen Students

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Crookston! We understand that a college degree is a significant investment. Because of this, more than 70% of our students receive assistance from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Please know that we are here to assist you from inquiry all the way through commencement and beyond!

New incoming freshman students are eligible for first-year academic scholarships at the time of admission. 

Please review the financial aid timeline below for important information. To apply for financial aid, please go to Our school code is 004069.

Once you are admitted, you will be mailed a letter asking you to “initiate your student account”. This initiation process allows you to set up your id/password which is needed to log into your University email account. Please make sure that you access your UMC email account for financial aid information and other important messages. Email is the University’s primary communication method.

Starting in July you will also want to start checking the MyU (My Finances tab), then click on the Financial Aid Year to see where you are in the financial aid process. Prior to that point, letters will be mailed to you if we are missing any information.

January 1

Earliest date to complete the FAFSA

February 15

Application for University of Minnesota Crookston Specialty Scholarships closes

March 1

Recommended Date for completing the FAFSA and submitting all required documentation


Estimated Financial Aid Award Notices are mailed (FAANs)

Late July

Actual Financial Aid Award Notices are sent via email to your UMC email address.


Disbursements occur for all files completed.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Information for Students that Want to Learn Abroad

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships encourages you to research learning abroad options and hopes you find a program that suits your needs and financial picture. Below are steps to help you move through the financial process. Please make sure you speak with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to ensure appropriate guidance as it pertains to learning abroad.

Step 1: FAFSA Completion

Have you completed the FAFSA for the academic year you are traveling abroad? If not, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. UMC’s school code is 004069. Allow at least one week for the data to be received by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Step 2: Financial Aid Preview Meeting

Schedule a meeting with a financial aid officer in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships before you have paid any non-refundable deposits or fees to your program and at least one semester in advance of your departure. You should schedule the meeting before you have even applied for a program. This meeting allows you to ask questions and find out the feasibility before you commit financially.

Obtain an unofficial budget estimate for your program from Rae French located in Hill Hall 12 in the International Programs Office. Consider all costs, including those not listed in the published program fees, such as airfare, additional meals, textbooks, travel to obtain student visas and insurance. Feel free to use a budget worksheet PDF File Icon to remember all the components.

Step 3: Study Abroad Cost Estimate

After your financial aid preview meeting and well in advance, obtain the official Study Abroad Cost Estimate from Rae French and submit this to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. You need to be accepted and confirmed on your program prior to requesting a Study Abroad Cost Estimate. By submitting this form, you are making an official request for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to adjust your cost of attendance and award amount.

Step 5: Clear Holds and be Registered

You must clear any holds on your University of Minnesota student record prior to your departure by working directly with the University of Minnesota office issuing the hold. Holds prevent your credit from being processed and your financial aid (if applicable) from being released. You must be registered in order for your financial aid to pay.


Please make sure you are checking the MyU (My Finances tab), then click on the Financial Aid Year to see where you are in the financial aid process and to complete any missing documentation.

Step 8: Apply for any Additional Loans

Many times federal, state, and or institutional aid does not cover the cost of your study abroad experience. At this time is when you may choose to apply for private alternative loans through our FASTChoice (bottom of page) or have a parent take out a Parent Plus federal loan.

Step 9: Set up Direct Deposit

If you would like your funds routed directly to your bank account bank home, which we suggest if you are studying abroad, please click on the Direct Deposit link in MyU (My Finances tab) and follow instructions to set up the account.

Step 10: Final Check

Please double check that everything has been completed before you leave on your trip by contacting both the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and Rae French in the Learning Abroad Office.