Grant Program for Career Education
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Grant Program for Career Education

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A new MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualifying career and technical programs at two-year colleges, so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation. See the list below of qualifying Saint Paul College programs

Amount of the Grant
The Occupational Grant will cover any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the student’s Federal Pell Grant and MN State Grant have been applied to the student’s account. Program-specific fees and equipment are not covered.

The grant is available for up to 72 semester credits, including any required developmental courses taken after admission to the occupational program.

Student Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for the Two-Year Occupational grant, the student must:

  • Begin enrollment during Fall Semester 2016 in a certificate, diploma, AS or AAS program at Saint Paul College immediately following:
    • High school graduation during the 2015-2016 academic year; or
    • Completing an Adult Basic Education program or passing a GED test as a Minnesota resident during the 2015-2016 academic year; or
    • Completing a 12 or 24-month Americorps program during the 2015-2016 academic year that started immediately after high school graduation during an earlier academic year
  • Meet the definition of MN resident used for state financial aid programs
  • Have an adjusted gross income (or wages for non-filers) of $90,000 or less for the 2015 tax year
    • For a student applying as a dependent student, parental income is used
    • For a student applying as an independent student, student (and spouse’s, if married) income is used
  • Participate in free mentoring services throughout the student’s academic program
  • Have tuition and fee charges not fully covered by Pell and State Grants during Fall Semester 2016.

Funds are Limited - Start the Application Process Right Away
Due to limited funding, students are advised to apply as early as possible, since applicants will be ranked by application date.

Start your application process right away.

STEP 1:

Apply to Saint Paul College
make sure you’re applying for one of the College’s qualifying programs

STEP 2:

Take the ACCUPLACER Assessment

STEP 3:

Fill out your 2016-17 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov (our School Code is 005533)
make sure you follow through with any requests from the Saint Paul College Financial Aid Office. Undocumented students should apply using the 2016-2017 MN Dream Act state financial aid application.

STEP 4:

Register for Fall Semester classes early! Registration for new students begins April 5, 2016.

Saint Paul College Qualifying Occupational Programs
Because the following program listing is subject to change, students should check with the College to make sure the program is still offered. In order for the student to participate in the pilot program, the student must be admitted into and start the occupational program during Fall Semester 2016.

View A.A.S. Degree Programs
  • Accounting
  • Auto Body Repair
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Business Administrative Professional
  • Business Information Technology
  • Child Development Careers
  • Clinical Sports Massage
  • Computer Network Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • CyberSecurity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Esthetician (Medical Setting)
  • Esthetician (Spa)
  • Global Trade Specialist
  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Medical Office Professional
  • Music Business
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Project Management
  • Sheet Metal & HVAC Ducts & Fittings
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Welding Technology
View A.S. Degree Programs
  • Business Management
  • Child Development Careers
  • Child Development Careers ASL
  • Computer Graphics and Visualization
  • Computer Science
  • Health Sciences Broad Field
  • Management Information Systems
  • Pre-Engineering
View Diploma Programs
  • Accounting Technician
  • Auto Body Repair
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Child Development Careers
  • CNC Toolmaking
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical Technology
  • Esthetician
  • Medical Coding
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pipefitting
  • Practical Nursing
  • Sheet Metal & HVAC Ducts & Fittings
  • Truck Technician
  • Welding Technology
View Certificate Programs
  • Automation Technologies
  • Business
  • Business Applications Specialist
  • Business Information Technology
  • Child Development Careers
  • Culinary Foundations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Esthetician
  • Esthetician (CIDESCO Readiness)
  • Event and Meeting Management
  • Finance
  • Global Trade Professional
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Java Programming
  • Leadership
  • Machine Operator (Right Skills Now)
  • Machine Technology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Office
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist
  • Mobile Development
  • Nail Care Technician
  • Network Administration
  • Nonprofit
  • Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
  • Nursing Station Technician
  • Personal Trainer
  • PhlebotomyTechnician
  • Production Technologies
  • Project Management
  • Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Restaurant Management
  • Robotic Welding
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Sterile Processing
  • Supervision
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Welding Technology
  • Wood Finishing Techniques

Required Mentoring Service Participation
To support students throughout their academic programs, this pilot program requires recipients to participate in free mentoring services including, but not limited to:

  • Communicating with the mentoring service throughout program participation
  • Developing a personalized student success plan which includes
    • Concrete steps towards program completion and job placement
    • Identification of and contingency plans for potential obstacles to completion
  • Making connections to on-campus resources and personal development opportunities
  • Financial planning

MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program – Additional Information

The Two-Year Occupational Grant Program was created by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature and will be implemented for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years as a pilot program at many MnSCU colleges. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Minnesota Office of Higher Education or viewing the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program Handout.

First Year Grant
A student must receive this grant during the fall term of 2016 in order to take part in the pilot program. The grant will be available for each term of the 2016-2017 academic year, including summer term 2017, provided the student has tuition and fee charges not covered by federal and state grants. The amount of this grant can change each term depending on the student’s enrollment level, tuition and fees and the amount of the student’s federal and state grants.

A student in a program requiring more than 30 semester credits (including any required developmental courses) must complete at least 30 credits during the 2016-2017 academic year to meet the conditions for grant renewal during the 2017-2018 academic year. Students enrolled in shorter programs must complete their programs during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Second Year Grant Conditions for Renewal
The grant can be renewed for the 2017-2018 academic year if the student meets the following conditions:

  • Submits a 2017-2018 FAFSA (or 2017-2018 MN Dream Act state financial aid application for undocumented students) and any other required documents in a timely manner
  • Successfully completed at least 30 semester credits during the 2016-2017 academic year, including summer term 2017
  • Participated in required free mentoring services during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Making satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year and for each term of the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Student’s college certifies the student is on track to complete the program during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Questions

If you have questions about the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program, please contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education or the Financial Aid Office at Saint Paul College. If you have questions about a particular occupational program at Saint Paul College, please contact Enrollment Services.