Attending a nonprofit college is more affordable than you may think. All our colleges offer meaningful financial aid — offers that may include specific scholarships, promise guarantee programs or meeting full demonstrated need. In fact, 95 percent of first-year students at nonprofit colleges receive grants and scholarships. Many students who have a tuition-free option at a public institution will also have tuition-free options at one or more nonprofit colleges.

Use the links below to find a short summary of your financial aid at our nonprofit colleges and universities — along with key campus financial aid links for more in-depth information.

Fact versus fiction

There’s a myth out there that only wealthy families can afford our colleges. That’s not true. The family incomes for students at our colleges are similar to those at Minnesota’s public universities. In fact one in four of our Minnesota students have family incomes under $50,000.

Attending private colleges IS possible for families from all income levels so don’t write them off. Instead, find the ones that fit you and then apply for financial aid. That’s how you’ll discover what your real costs will be, and you’ll be in a good position to compare options and make an informed decision.

Graduating on time saves you money

You’ll want to think about the distinct value of graduating from a nonprofit college — what you gain from being part of a community, where you’re not treated like a number. The result is that we have the highest four-year graduation rate in the state and the Midwest. That means you’re more likely to avoid the cost of paying for extra years of education and start your career or go to grad school sooner.

Estimating what you may pay

Want to estimate your likely out-of-pocket cost before applying? Families can use the net price calculator tools on the websites of all of colleges to estimate the cost once financial aid is factored in. And don't hesitate to contact staff in financial aid offices to find out what types of scholarships and other aid are available. Their advice and insights can be invaluable as you explore paying for college.