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Free Tax Preparation Services

In order to apply for FAFSA, families need to complete taxes. If you need assistance with this process, please consider the following free options in the community: 

  • Prepare and Prosper: provides free tax assistance as well as other services to increase financial mobility.  
  • VITA Locator Tool: The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify.
  • Volunteer Tax Assistance Program:  Prepares taxes free of charge to U of M students and community members with an unadjusted gross income of less than $60,000. 


FAFSA and Dream Act Completion Events

There will be a number of events at Minneapolis high schools hosted by AchieveMpls College and Career Center Coordinators in which students and families can get FAFSA or Dream Act applications completed. Visit the AchieveMpls website for more specific details on dates and locations. 


MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Are you planning to enroll in a high-demand field at a MNSCU two-year college next fall? You may qualify for a free grant that will cover your tuition and general fees after your Federal Pell and MN State Grant are applied! The MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program will be awarded to on a first-come, first-served basis based on FAFSA completion date, so you are encouraged to complete your FAFSA as early as possible in order to have an opportunity to earn this grant. More details about the program can be found on the MN Office of Higher Education website


Summer Nudging

Seniors! Sign up for Summer Nudging from the Office of Higher Education. Summer Nudging is a program designed to help college-bound students successfully entered into college in the fall through weekly text message and email reminders ("nudges"). This is to help prevent Summer Melt, which is described by the statistic that "1 in 5 college-bound students fail to start college in the fall."