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SPC Announces Innovative COMPASS Program

SAINT PAUL, Minn., January 10, 2024 – Saint Paul College is excited to announce its innovative COMPASS program, designed to provide comprehensive support to recent high school graduates and Pell Grant recipients. This program aims to ease the financial strain of higher education by offering financial incentives to cover tuition, mandatory fees, textbooks, course materials, transportation, as well as basic needs support.

Saint Paul College's COMPASS program is more than just an academic support and scholarship program. It's an investment in our students' future – we're offering guidance, mentorship, and a community.
Katie Pierre, Director of College Partnerships.

Through the COMPASS program, Saint Paul College will help students develop a sense of belonging and connection to campus, become empowered self-advocates, build relationships, and develop career competencies. The COMPASS program will complement the new State’s North Star Promise Scholarship, which is designed to provide tuition and fee-free pathways to higher education.

To qualify for the COMPASS program, students must be recent high school graduates (within the last five years), have earned fewer than 15 college credits after graduating (excluding credits from PSEO, AP, IB, CIS, and Concurrent Enrollment programs), be Minnesota residents, and demonstrate financial need through FAFSA. Priority will be given to students who have taken PSEO or concurrent enrollment classes through Saint Paul College and those enrolled in specific majors. The program parameters include a fall start only, with a July 31st application deadline and FAFSA completion and verification due by April 30th. Students must maintain a minimum of nine credits per semester.

Participation requirements include attendance at orientation and 'get ready for college' prep sessions, registering for a minimum of nine credits each term, and mandatory advisory meetings at least twice a year.

Beyond financial support, the COMPASS program offers numerous benefits for students, such as a dedicated advisor to guide academic progress, opportunities to take classes with fellow COMPASS students, and assistance to graduate on time and debt-free in a livable wage, in-demand job.

Interested students and their families are invited to an Application & FAFSA Night on January 30, 2024 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Students will get help applying to the college, assistance completing the 2024-2025 FAFSA, and learn about the COMPASS Program

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About Saint Paul College
Saint Paul College, a comprehensive community and technical college, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities. Located in Minnesota’s Capital City of Saint Paul, the College offers 54 associate degree programs and 74 career certificate and diploma programs. Founded in 1910, Saint Paul College is the oldest college in the Minnesota State System. With 65% of the student body identifying as students of color, it is also the most diverse school in the state.

Media Contact:
Katie Pierre
Director of College Partnerships


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