Undocumented American Residents

Undocumented students are eligible to receive financial aid (grants, scholarships, work study and loans) from St. Olaf. If a student is a Minnesota resident, they can also receive the Minnesota State Grant. Students are also eligible to receive outside scholarships.

All students follow the same process in consideration for merit scholarships. Students must complete the Application for Admission for academic and service leadership scholarships. If a student is applying for one of the fine arts scholarships (music, theater, art and dance), they must submit additional information for those scholarships.

In order to be considered for St. Olaf need-based aid, undocumented students must complete and submit the CSS PROFILE. The PROFILE is a service of the College Board.

For answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding financial aid, go to our FAQ’s page.



  • Students who wish to apply only for merit scholarships (and don’t want to apply for need-based aid) do not need to complete any of the other parts of the financial aid process.
  • All students are considered for Academic and Service scholarships during the admission review process. Academic and Service scholarship decisions are made by the Admissions Office.
  • Students applying for Fine Arts Scholarships must submit separate applications.
  • Please click here for more information about applying for merit scholarships at St. Olaf.
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  • St. Olaf is one of over 300 schools nationally to require the CSS PROFILE in determining institutional aid. The CSS PROFILE is a more in-depth and nuanced financial aid application than the FAFSA.
  • All students interested in need-based St. Olaf aid are required to complete the CSS PROFILE.
  • Students are NOT required to have a Social Security Number to complete the CSS PROFILE.
  • There is a fee required to complete the CSS PROFILE. There is an automatic fee waiver that applies for certain students and eligibility for this fee waiver is determined by the CSS PROFILE/College Board.
  • St. Olaf’s CSS PROFILE Code: 6638.
  • The CSS PROFILE for the 2021-22 Academic Year can be completed any time after October 1, 2020.  Please note that you are completing the CSS PROFILE with final tax information for 2019, so please have that information readily available when completing the CSS PROFILE.
  • If your parents are separated or divorced or were never married, St. Olaf will consider both biological parents’ financial information when determining eligibility for institutional need-based grants.
  • The MN Dream Act Application is similar to the FAFSA, but is not submitted to the U.S. Dept of Education. Instead, it is submitted to the MN Office of Higher Education.
  • There is no fee associated with filing the MN Dream Act Application.
  • The MN Dream Act can be completed any time after October 1, 2020 and will use 2019 tax information.
  • If your parents are separated or divorced or were never married, only the custodial parent (the parent with whom you lived the most in the last 12 months) should complete the MN Dream Act Application.  If that parent has remarried, then your step-parent’s financial information should also be reported on the MN Dream Act Application.
  • For more questions, please consult the MN Dream Act Fact Sheet.
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Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines for Students Applying for Fall 2021 Enrollment

Financial Aid Deadline Early Decision 1 Early Action Early Decision 2 Regular Decision
Complete and Submit the CSS Profile November 15 November 15 January 15 January 15
Complete and Submit the FAFSA November 15 November 15 January 15 January 15
Financial Aid Award Notification December 15 February 1 February 8 April 1