Paying for College videos

Paying for College graphicThe Paying for College program and videos are packed with concrete advice from local experts who help demystify how Minnesota families can finance a four-year college education.

A co-production of TPT’s Minnesota Productions & Partnerships, Paying for College is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Private College Fund. Find out more about the funders and who we interviewed for this project.

Program and videos:

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View or download a list of shorter clips from each video.

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Paying for College

The 27-minute broadcast program sums up key steps parents and students can take to afford college. View the full program or shorter clips from the program.
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Paying for Private College

A 19-minute video with advice for families considering private nonprofit colleges. Includes shorter clips on specific topics.
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Paying for College: First in the family

This 14-minute video answers the questions facing families with students who will be the first to go to college. Includes shorter clips on specific topics.
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Paying for College in Spanish

Video de 16 minutos explicando como las familias Latinas logran una educación universitaria. Incluye un videoclip corto sobre diferentes temas. (A 16-minute video of a conversation about how Latino families make it happen. Includes shorter clips on specific topics.)

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Paying for College in Hmong

Ib qho kev sib tham, 17 nas this, qhia txog ntawm niam txiv Hmoob kev them nyiaj mus kawm ntawv qib siab. Yog tsis muaj sib hawm saib tas nrho, saib raws li yam koj xav paub xwb.
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Paying for College in Somali

20 daqiiqo oo wadashakeysi ku saabsan sida qoyska ay u suubiyeen. Waxaa ku jira muqaalo ku saabsan qodobada. (A 20-minute video of a conversation about how Somali families make it happen.)


Videos or clips may be embedded on your organization's website. Code for the broadcast video and clips is available from tpt. Code for the shorter segments can be copied from within the video or clip on this website or our YouTube channel.

Topics covered in the programs

  • How “sticker prices” are different from what families actually pay.
  • Start saving what you can.
  • Ways to manage your borrowing.
  • Steps to take to apply for financial aid.


Request a DVD

Complimentary DVDs containing all the videos are available. To request copies, please use our publication order form. Or, consider ordering the Paying for College handout.