Plan Your Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Education

The path to a successful career in AFNR begins with setting your education goals to gain the right skills.  Use the resources on this page to set your education goals, get help paying for college, and find the right program.

Watch these short videos with perspectives on why college is important to you.

Learn more about how higher education pays off.

While paying for college can be expensive, don't let the cost get in the way of achieving your goals. Most students qualify for some type of financial aid. You can also find support services that help with other financial needs like food support, transportation, child care, and more. Use the links below to get the information and help you need.

Scholarships for AFNR Careers

  • Workforce Development Scholarships
    The Minnesota Legislature has provided funding for hundreds of $2,500 scholarships at the 30 community and technical colleges of Minnesota State in several high-demand fields, including agriculture.
  • Agricultural Scholarships
    Find scholarship opportunities specifically for students interested in AFNR careers. 

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid
    If you plan to go to college, you need to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. Applying early ensures you will get as much aid as you can. Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get started. If you are an undocumented student, you should instead submit an MN Dream Act application
  • Financial Aid TV
    Do you have questions about financial aid?  Find video answers to your financial aid questions on this financial aid video portal from Minnesota State.

Cost of Your Program

  • Net Price Calculators
    You need to understand the true cost of your program.  While all colleges have a sticker price, or a general cost of attendance, a better estimate of what a student or family will actually pay is the net price. The net price factors in grants and scholarships that lower your part of the cost, as well as books and fees that can increase the cost. 

Choosing the right school and program is very important.   Use the resources below to learn about the different options you have.

  • Campus & Program Search
    Minnesota State offers many different AFNR programs.  Both online and in-person options are available.  Use the Campus & Program search to find AFNR programs at Minnesota State colleges and universities.  You can find a campus near you or search for specific programs by keyword or category.
  • Visit a Campus
    Once you find a campus you are interested in, schedule a campus visit to see if the school and program really matches your needs. Don't pick a school without first seeing it. While on campus, you can meet with other students to learn what they think about the school. You can also meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid, advising, and school programs.
  • Learn about Transfer
    You may also want to learn about the types of degrees that transfer from a two-year program to a four-year major.  If you plan to transfer, it is important to know which degree path is right for you.  Not all two-year college programs are intended to transfer to a four-year bachelor's degree.  Talk to a transfer specialist early to make sure that you enroll in the right program.  
  • Admissions Process
    Did you find the right program?  You will need to apply.  Follow these tips:

    • Start early
    • Apply to more than one school - it's best to have a backup plan
    • Read your mail - don't miss important deadlines or directions
    Learn more about the admissions process and apply online.

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