Be sure to apply for financial aid. Even if you are not sure of your family's ability to pay for college, you have nothing to lose by applying. Keep good records of your family's income and assets. These documents will help you greatly to complete applications more quickly and accurately if you have to request additional financial assistance.
Be timely. Submit your financial aid application as early as you can. As the year goes on, schools have fewer and fewer financial dollars to give to students. Even with these precautions, it isn't uncommon to find a school that seems out of your price range. Don't give up! Contact the financial aid office of the college in question, to make sure that you have exhausted all options. Scholarships and other awards, such as grants, are also available to students from many different sources.
Be patient, honest and as thorough as possible. You most likely will be able to find a solution.
Minnesota has agreements with neighboring states to provide lower tuition for Minnesota residents to attend public colleges and universities in those states. This is called reciprocity. Typically, non-resident admission fees and tuition are reduced (or eliminated) if you're a reciprocity student.
Minnesota has reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It also has an agreement with theCanadian province of Manitoba, and a limited agreement with Iowa Lakes Community College in northwestern Iowa.
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education's "Get Ready for College" website has the reciprocity applications. Students can apply for the following Fall semester after March 1st of every year.