Episode # 11

Insights from the Inside: How to Pay for College

FAFSA, Loans, Work-Study, Grants… Where do you even begin? In this episode, we bring in a financial aid expert to talk about the process and demystify how to pay for college.

Dean of Financial Aid at Gustavus Adolphus College, Jesus Hernandez Mejia, discusses numbers and breaks myths about the financial aid process. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.


Topics covered in this episode include:

  • State vs Federal Financial Aid
  • Loans, Pell Grants, Federal Work study
  • Financial aid at private college vs public college

Jesus Hernandez

Episode Transcript


Jesús Hernandez Mejia is the first in his family to graduate from high school and go to college. He went to Worthington Community College, now Minnesota West Community and Technical College, and earned an Associate of Arts degree. He transferred to Mankato State University, now Minnesota State University Mankato, and earned a BS in Computer Engineering Technology.


He has worked in financial aid for several years and is currently the Assistant Dean of Financial Aid at Gustavus Adolphus College. Jesús has worked with the outreach team since 2010. His outreach area includes South Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities. He offers presentations in English and Spanish.

Share This Episode

The content of this site is published and managed by

© Copyright 2021 Minnesota Office of Higher Education