Student Support Programs

At Saint Paul College, we believe in nurturing our students’ potential, not just academically but holistically. Our robust Student Support Programs are a testament to this commitment. From academic guidance and career counseling to mental health resources and financial aid services, we offer a wide range of support initiatives to ensure every student thrives. Experience the Saint Paul College difference, where your success is our priority.  

TRIO Student Support Services

What is TRIO Student Support Services?

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded student success and retention program. Our goal is to support TRIO students throughout their studies at Saint Paul College through individualized services and student engagement so students can complete an Associate’s degree and be prepared to transfer to a 4-year college or university. 

TRIO SSS Services Include:

  • Academic advising 
  • Financial guidance (financial aid, scholarship, and financial literacy) 
  • Personal Coaching 
  • Career and Major Exploration 
  • Tutoring 
  • Access to a study space/lounge 
  • Workshops and cultural events 
  • Transfer visits to 4-year schools 
  • Grant opportunities 

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for TRIO SSS you must demonstrate academic need and meet one of the following requirements: 

  • Identify as a First-Generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) 
  • Meet income guidelines established by the US Department of Education 
  • Have a documented disability and receiving services through the Access and Disabilities Office 

You must also be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, enrolled at Saint Paul College, plan to earn a degree, and have no previous degrees. Preference is given to students 24 years and older pursuing an associate’s degree (AA, AS, AAS). 


    Please note: Admission to the program is not automatic. Completed applications will be evaluated for eligibility and space in the program. If admitted, you will be contacted about the next steps. 
  • Attend a TRIO SSS Orientation—learn out about the history of TRIO, our program services, and requirements. 
  • Meet with your TRIO SSS Navigator or program Director—after you attend your first advising session, you will officially be a TRIO SSS student and eligible to receive services! 

Resources for Current TRIO SSS Students:

What is Title III?

Title III

Title III is a 5-year U.S. Department of Education grant intended to improve students’ retention by completing their college courses and increasing their financial literacy. 

Eligibility Criteria/Requirements
To be eligible for Title III, students must: 

  • Have an academic need or require pre-college coursework 
  • Not have a previous degree 
  • Plan to earn a degree from Saint Paul College 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 

The Title III department at Saint Paul College includes a Student Success Team, which provides integrated support to assist students enrolled in pre-college courses. The integrated services that contribute to academic success include: 

  • Academic Advising/Workshops – Provides feedback on academic progress and serves as part of the students’ journey to success during their first two semesters at Saint Paul College 
  • Supplemental Instruction – Offers individualized academic support in math, reading, and writing. This academic support is provided by professional tutors in Saint Paul College’s own Fellows Program. 
  • Orientation – Supplies a robust introduction to Saint Paul College that enhances students’ first-semester experience and helps them successfully transition to college. 
  • Financial Literacy – Helps students gain knowledge and skills in responsible borrowing, financial planning, and literacy. 
  • Wrap-Around Support – Connects students to the resources they need to achieve their educational goals. 
  • Bridge Program – Provides eligible students with an opportunity to build and practice math, reading, writing, and other academic skills before beginning their Saint Paul College course. 

Program Information

UMN Humphrey Fellowship

The Associate Campus Mentoring Program is a partnership between Saint Paul College and the University of Minnesota Humphrey Fellowship Program to engage Fellows and Saint Paul College students in cultural exchange. This partnership includes a service learning project and goal setting and helps students build relationships and interact with established professionals from across the globe.  

Humphrey Fellows are exceptional ambassadors from their countries who have demonstrated leadership potential and a strong commitment to public service, whether in the public, private, or non-profit sector. 

Program Cost 
There is no fee for participating in the program. 

Program Benefits 

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support from an experienced professional. 
  • Develop your social, academic, and professional confidence. 
  • Understand Global Fluency (exposure to global perspectives). 
  • Identify and set SMART goals (e.g., Increasing motivation, improving your time management skills, finding an internship, reading non-school related books, or joining an extracurricular group/student organization). 
  • Expand your personal and professional networking. 
  • Grow your communication skills, increase your experience with collaboration and networking, and participate in a resume-enhancing project. 

* You’ll receive a $200.00 stipend upon completing the mentoring program during the spring semester! 

Time Commitment (10-12 hours total) October-May 

  • 1 hour of Mentee Orientation 
  • 1 hour – establish joint goals with Mentor 
  • 3 (virtual) one-on-one meetings with your Mentor 
  • Service Learning project with your Mentor 
  • 1.5 End or Program Presentation/Celebration 

What is the Four Directions Summer Pathway Program?

The Four Directions Summer Pathway to Saint Paul College is a culturally responsive program for American Indian students who would like to consider college as an option. Through strategic collaborations, we use the Medicine Wheel as a program model to prepare students mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically for their transition from high school to college or career. 

Why Join? 

  • Free Summer Bridge Program 
  • Paid Internship (area of your interest) 
  • Direct Support from an American Indian College Navigator 
  • Mentorship and Tutoring 
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Support 
  • Conversations with Knowledge Keepers 
  • Transportation Assistance 
  • Meet like-minded individuals 
  • Career Exploration 
  • Wealth Justice and Financial Empowerment Course 
  • AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) Financial Cents Adventure 

Who Should Apply? 
High School Students who will be completing 10th, 11th, and 12th grade in the spring of 2024. 

During our summer program, students have an opportunity to participate in activities that can aid them along their post-high school journey. Themes include: 

  • Introducing students to study skill strategies that lead to college academic success 
  • Examining how identity, personal, and cultural influencers connect to life purpose. 
  • Establishing a safe, trusted & supportive cohort of peers to earn a comfortable sense of belonging. 
  • Evaluating financial aid packages and establishing a student budget during college. 

The goals of the Four Directions Pathways Initiative include: 

  • Expand culturally relevant student services to span from high school through college. 
  • Increase college and career readiness of American Indian students. 
  • Provide native language and supplemental academic programming at Saint Paul College 
  • Increase student success as measured by enrollment and retention. 
  • Contribute to decreasing the achievement gap of American Indian students in Minnesota. 

iLEAD Fellowship program

iLEAD is a dynamic community building initiative designed to provide comprehensive support and empower BIPOC male students on their educational journey. iLEAD is committed to enhancing retention, persistence, and completion rates, ultimately paving the way for successful careers and thriving wages.

Our iLEAD staff and partners understand the unique challenges faced by our students, and we go beyond traditional academic assistance. We offer a holistic approach that encompasses a wide range of personalized support services. From addressing basic needs to providing scholarship funding, leadership development, mentoring, cohort advising, and culturally relevant programming, we strive to meet our students’ diverse needs.

The iLEAD acronym represents the core principles that guide our program: Identity, Leadership, Excellence, Accountability, and Dedication. These five pillars are not just words to us; they are the values our students have chosen to embody and live by every day. Through these principles, we foster a strong sense of belonging and empower our students to reach their full potential.

If you are a BIPOC male student seeking a transformative college experience and the opportunity to forge lifelong connections, iLEAD is here for you. Apply today and begin your transformative journey towards academic achievement, personal growth, and professional success.