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Financial Aid

Paying for college

Financing your education is seldom easy, but our Financial Aid Office has the tools, resources and know-how to help you find your best opportunities for financial assistance. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service to make sure you achieve your academic and career goals.

Money Management

Managing your money wisely requires financial literacy. The tools below can help you spend your money to meet your needs without going into debt.

Budgeting

Developing a budget, or spending plan, is your first step in managing your money.

Borrowing

Keep your loan debt to a minimum when financing your education. Determine what you actually need to borrow before you sign for a loan. Any loan listed on your award letter indicates the maximum allowable that you can borrow; you can always borrow less.

  • Keep a record of all your loans and your Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  • Start making payments on your loan as soon as you can—even during school if possible
  • Notify your lender or servicer if any of your contact information changes
  • Contact your lender immediately for assistance if you are unable to make your monthly payment
  • Loan Repayment Calculator: Use before you borrow

Exit Counseling

Student Loan Exit Counseling is required for Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and SELF Loans when you cease enrollment, including carrying less than 6 credits or graduating and before you begin repayment. You can retrieve your loan information at National Student Loan Data System Student Access. You are welcome to contact the Financial Aid Office with any follow-up questions at 651-450-3495.

Repayment Plans

The following plans refer to federal loans.

Repayment Strategies

The average loan debt for Inver Hills students over two years is nearly $8,900. Paying off that debt requires solid money management skills.

Loan Consolidation

Consolidating your student loans is an option to consider. The U.S. Department of Education has implemented a new Direct Consolidation Loan application process. To learn more, visit Direct Consolidation Loan. You can find information about private loan consolidation at FinAid.

Loan default

If you run into trouble, you do have options to repay your loan.

Loan Disputes

If you encounter difficulties with your lender, you may wish to contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman at 877-557-2575. As your advocate, the ombudsman can research problems and determine if you have been treated fairly.

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