Making Your Education Accessible and Affordable

A college education is a major investment, but it is one that returns lifelong dividends. Numerous national studies indicate the investment in a college education will increase your earning potential by nearly a million dollars over the course of your lifetime. Think about how you might invest in your future – is a college education an option?

At Saint Mary’s we are committed to making a quality education accessible and affordable. We strive to keep our tuition low without compromising the outstanding quality of our academic and co-curricular experiences.  As a Lasallian Catholic institution, our core values are built on a centuries-old tradition of access to the best education for all.  Approximately 99% of all undergraduates at Saint Mary’s receive some form of financial aid.   

Every family is unique.  When it comes to assembling a financial aid package, no two families have the exact same circumstances.  But, it all starts with three distinct types of financial aid:

Scholarships and grants, which do not have to be repaid;

Loans, most offered at low interest rates with repayment deferred until after graduation; Work Study, which provides student employment income without having to leave campus.

Saint Mary’s offers both need-based aid, for families with demonstrated financial need, and merit scholarships, which reward a student’s academic success, achievements, talents, community contributions, and leadership. Your counselor can help determine your eligibility. If you are an active-duty service member, reservist, veteran, or a family member of someone who has served, we encourage you to reach out to our Office of Military and Veterans Services for financial aid options unique to your situation.

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The FAFSA: Your First Step Towards Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is a simple form that helps schools calculate financial aid awards to students. At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we're committed to offering a high quality education that is affordable to all students. Watch the videos below to learn more about financial aid at Saint Mary's, common questions about the FAFSA, and how to submit your FAFSA.

Plan your finances

We encourage applicants to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.  To enable the Financial Aid Office to process your FAFSA and meet the deadline to mail your financial aid package, please have your FAFSA submitted two weeks prior to the FA Awards Mailed deadline listed below. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Federal School Code is: 002380.  As long as we have received all the necessary forms, we should be able to send you a complete package according to which admission application type you applied as.

Admission Type—Rolling
Application & Support Materials Deadline:   January 16
Admission & Merit Decisions Announced:   February 15
Financial Aid Awards Mailed:   March 1
Deposit Deadline:   May 1


Good news:  You didn't do anything wrong when you completed the FAFSA and, if you provide the Financial Aid Office with the right documents, this shouldn't delay the processing of your financial aid.  The U.S. Department of Education selects FAFSAs for verification to ensure that Pell Grant and/or Subsidized Stafford Loan recipients have completed their application correctly.

If you have a financial situation that you feel was not sufficiently addressed by the FAFSA, please complete our Special Circumstances Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office along with the appropriate documentation.

All tuition statements are available in your student portal or by contacting Cardinal Central. You have two payment options to chose from.

Single Payment Option (per semester)
Under the single payment option, payment for tuition, room, board, activity fee, and technology fee (minus your financial aid award) is due at the beginning of each semester. Payment is due on August 5 for the first semester and January 5 for the second semester. Additional fees incurred in any given month (such as special course fees, health service charges, vehicle charges, etc.) will come due on the 5th of the following month.

4-Payment Plan Option (per semester)
Enrollment in the 4-payment plan is available in the student portal. The monthly payment amount is calculated each semester by dividing charges for tuition, room, board, activity fee, and technology fee (minus financial aid) into four payments. Semester one payments are due on the 5th of each month, August through November. Semester two payments are due on the 5th of each month, January through April. Additional fees (and credits) are calculated into the remaining balance and distributed through the remaining number of payments. An enrollment fee of $35 will be charged each semester.

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Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #8
Winona, MN 55987-1399

Tuition and Fees ›

Learn about our annual tuition and fees for a given academic year.

Sample Aid Awards ›

See examples of how students have financed their education.

Policies and Paperwork ›

Important forms and policies regarding the financial aid process.