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Unemployed Minnesotans receive tuition assistance at M State-Fergus Falls

Any Minnesota resident receiving unemployment benefits will receive scholarship assistance to cover all tuition costs during spring semester at the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

With tough economic times leading to layoffs in the region, the college decided to respond by offering the Tuition Grant Program on the Fergus Falls campus. According to Dr. Ann Valentine, President of M State, some courses beginning January 12 are not full, and since an instructor is there and the facility is being used, the open seats should be made available for those who most need the educational opportunities or retraining.

Use of the Tuition Grant Program is limited to classes on the Fergus Falls campus that currently have remaining open seats for spring semester. Online coursework is not offered through the program. The campus has identified more than 60 classes with space available for students making use of the program.

To be eligible and register for the Tuition Grant Program, prospective students must attend a registration session at the college on Friday, January 9 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM or on Monday, January 12 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. People intending to register should bring proof that they are receiving unemployment benefits - either a copy of the letter confirming their benefits or a copy of a bank statement showing payment of unemployment compensation. M State will also need a copy of the student's high school transcript.

Most courses are three to four credits each, so with the current tuition rate of $140.85 per credit, the savings to a student may mean up to about $420 to $563 per class. Students participating in the program will be responsible for paying any additional course fees and the cost of books or other materials needed for a specific class.

Feel free to check out the list of available courses.

Last modified: April 15th, 2009 at 02:44pm