Paying for College

While Normandale is certainly a best value in higher education, it's smart to consider resources that may be available to make your education even less expensive or easier to finance. To learn more, please review our General Information Sheet.

Check out the most recent Cost of Attendance at Normandale Community College.

Financial Aid

Begin by applying for financial aid, using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must complete the FAFSA each year for your eligibility to be determined. Financial aid may be in the form of grants which you don't pay back, loans which you do pay back with convenient terms, and work-study which can fund your salary for an on-campus job that can be scheduled around your classes.


Scholarships, like grants, provide gift money but may have certain terms and conditions which may include your past academic record, financial need, or the major you intend to pursue. Visit Scholarships to learn more about the many opportunities available at Normandale.

Scholarships from off-campus sources may offer you additional gift-money resources, depending on your background and goals. Visit, which is a free service. Remember to avoid scholarship information sources which charge to match you with funding sources, since this is information you can easily find yourself.

Payment Plans

A payment plan through Nelnet Business Solutions and the Normandale Payments and Billing Office lets you spread out payments rather than paying your tuition all at once. There are participation fees, but no interest is charged. Visit the Payment Plans section for more information.


Employee reimbursement for qualified college study is offered by many companies. Some even offer it for part-time employees. Be sure to contact your company's human resources office to determine if this benefit is available.

Tax benefits for higher education may be available to you. For example, the Hope Credit may allow you more than $1500 during each of your first two years of college if you are paying both federal taxes and tuition. To learn more about this and other tax benefits, visit and type "Publication 970" in the search box, for the current year edition of Tax Benefits for Higher Education.



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