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Power of YOU Program ​​​​​

​Starting June 26, we will begin to offer FAFSA Fridays in the Computer Lab that is set up in the West Entrance. We are limited to a max of 25 people in a space that includes staff and visitors. We would offer two sessions on Fridays, from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm.

​POY staff is working remotely from home and are still accessible through email/phone.​

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The Power of YOU program makes the first two years at Saint Paul College tuition-free for eligible 2020 high school graduates. It covers the cost of tuition and fees for two years at Saint Paul College through state and federal grants and private scholarships. The Power of YOU supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program.

  • Power of YOU program at Saint Paul College includes:

    • Two years tuition-free college through federal and state grants and/or private scholarships
    • Individualized academic advising and goal setting
    • Career development services/assessments/workshops
    • Academic support including tutoring, twice weekly study sessions
    • Advisor and faculty intervention through early alert retention system
    • College success strategies, first year experience and study skills workshops
    • Transfer information sessions and tours of four-year colleges/universities
    • One-on-one class registration guidance each semester to ensure enrollment in classes needed in sequence for specific program of study
    • FAFSA workshops and assistance yearly
    • Field Trips
    • On campus social and academic activities and motivational speakers
    • Power of YOU Learning Communities
    • Recognition and leadership opportunities
    • Summer Scholars Program
  • Eligibility Requirements

    • Graduate from an eligible high school in Spring 2020​
    • Combined parent and student adjusted gross income and untaxed income must be less than $75,000
    • Qualify for federal financial aid
    • Take the ACCUPLACER assessment and satisfy college admission requirements
  • Eligible high schools for Power of YOU at Saint Paul College:

    • All Saint Paul or Minneapolis public schools or public charter schools
    • Brooklyn Center Secondary
    • Columbia Heights High School
    • Henry Sibley High School
    • Richfield High School
    • Robbinsdale Cooper High School
    • Roseville Area High School
    • Simley High School
    • South St. Paul Secondary
    • Woodbury High School

Apply to Saint Paul College online at


Apply to the Power of YOU program at


Fall 2020 Power of YOU Deadline is OPEN UNTIL FILLED!​


Take the ACCUPLACER Assessment​
Accuplacer testing is currently suspended, but students are still able to apply for Power of YOU and submit their FAFSA. Testing is available at Saint Paul College Assessment Center on a walk-in basis, no appointment is necessary. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete these un-timed assessments in reading and math. View more information on the required assessment.

Submit a FAFSA and complete the entire financial aid process
The 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available online.

FAFSA School Code: Saint Paul College 005533

Submitting a FAFSA is just the first step in completing the financial aid process, which may take several weeks. Submit your FAFSA early to make sure it is completed before the Saint Paul College Power of YOU application deadline.

Submit your high school transcript after graduation
Provide proof of high school diploma by submitting the final high school transcript after graduation. The high school transcript must have a printed graduation date listed. Request high school transcripts to be sent to Saint Paul College. If you have completed any college courses while in high school, request official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions to be sent to Saint Paul College.

  • Acceptance into the Power of YOU

    If you meet the eligibility requirements and complete the application steps by the deadline, your material will be reviewed and considered for participation in the Power of YOU. You will receive electronic notification of your acceptance to Saint Paul College. Admission to the college does not mean that you have been accepted into the Power of YOU program. You will receive a separate communication indicating acceptance in the Power of YOU.

  • Power of YOU Agreement

    Once you are accepted into the Power of YOU program, you commit to:

    • Register as a full-time student
    • Attend the Power of YOU Orientation and Introduction Day
    • Attend all classes as scheduled
    • Meet with your Navigator at least three times per semester
    • Engage in 10 hours of campus activities each semester​
    • Completing 10 hours of volunteerism or service learning each semester
    • Meeting satisfactory academic progress standards

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