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Who is eligible for the Tuition Grant Program?

Any Minnesota resident, who is a new entering student at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls, eligible for the state's unemployment insurance at the time of their registration and wishing to enroll for courses in the Spring Semester 2009 is eligible to participate in Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls's Tuition Grant Program.
 

What does the Tuition Grant Program provide?

New entering students to Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls for Spring Semester 2009 (which begins January 12, 2009) eligible for the Tuition Grant Program will receive a grant that eliminates tuition for all eligible courses included in the program. In addition, the normal admission application fee of $20 will be reimbursed.
 

Who are "new entering students?"

A new entering student is defined as a student who has not enrolled at Minnesota State Community and Technical College since December 31, 2005.
 

Are all of Minnesota State Community and Technical College- Fergus Falls's courses included in the Tuition Grant Program?

No. Minnesota State Community and Technical College- Fergus Falls is preparing a list of more than 60 classes that will be included in the Tuition Grant Program. Note- this program only applies to students taking courses on the Fergus Falls campus. Course List is included with this FAQ document.
 

Is there a limit on the number of courses I can take through the Tuition Grant Program?

Yes, the limit is 18 credits per semester.
 

How do I apply for the Tuition Grant Program?

Students interested in participating in the Tuition Grant Program must attend an application, registration and advising session listed below. All students must hold a high school diploma or GED.
Application, Assessment, Registration and Orientation Dates/Times - Fergus Falls Campus -

Students are required to attend one of the two sessions:
  • Friday, January 9th - 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday, January 12th - 1:00pm-5:00pm


 

How does Minnesota State Community and Technical College- Fergus Falls know if I'm eligible for unemployment insurance when I register?

Students wishing to participate in the Tuition Grant Program must provide the Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls with a copy of the letter confirming unemployment insurance eligibility at the time they register for Spring Semester 2009 courses, a print out of the unemployment confirmation screen or a copy of a bank statement showing payment from the state of Minnesota.
 

How does attending college affect my unemployment insurance benefits?

Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls cannot provide counsel regarding your eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. We have received assurances from the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) that individuals enrolling in college courses while also receiving unemployment insurance benefits will remain eligible for those benefits as long as the individual is still able to meet each of the State's unemployment insurance benefit criteria. Further information on how attending school affects benefit payment is available on the DEED website FAQ at: www.uimn.org/ui/faq_elig.htm.
 

Will I have to apply for federal and state financial aid to be eligible for the Tuition Grant Program?

Students wishing to participate in the Tuition Grant Program are not required but are strongly encouraged to apply for federal and state financial aid. Application for federal and state financial aid eligibility is strongly encouraged because assistance from those sources may provide financial help toward fees, materials, textbooks, living expenses and other costs associated with college that are not covered by the Tuition Grant Program.

Additional information on applying for federal and state financial aid as well as other options for financing college costs is available by clicking on "Paying for College" under "Students" on the Minnesota State Community and Technical College home page at www.minnesota.edu.
 

Is this a one-semester program or am I guaranteed this rate until I complete my program?

The Tuition Grant Program is a pilot program. As such, at this time, it is only good for courses offered during Spring Semester 2009 on the Fergus Falls campus.
 

I am a current Minnesota State Community and Technical College student, can I still participate?

No, current and previous Minnesota State Community and Technical College students are not eligible for the Tuition Grant Program. The Program is open only to new entering Minnesota State Community and Technical College students (students who are not now and have not attended within the last three years).
 

Does the Tuition Grant Program grant include fees, materials, textbooks and other costs?

No, the Tuition Grant Program covers only the cost of tuition. Students are responsible for all other costs associated with college attendance, including fees, materials, textbooks and any other costs.
 

I'm self-employed and not eligible for Minnesota's unemployment insurance program, can I still participate in the Tuition Grant Program?

No, only Minnesota residents receiving unemployment insurance from the State of Minnesota are eligible for the Tuition Grant Program.
 

I'm a Minnesota resident but receive unemployment insurance from another state, can I still participate in the Tuition Grant Program?

No, only Minnesota residents receiving unemployment insurance from the State of Minnesota are eligible for the Tuition Grant Program.
 

How can Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls afford to provide this program?

Like all colleges and universities, not every class at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls fills to its exact capacity. As a result, seats in some courses are "empty" and can be made available at little or no additional cost due to the fact that the room, instructor, heat, lights and support equipment are already providing instruction to those who have already enrolled in the class. Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls has allocated strategic initiative funds that would ordinarily be used for various new programs to provide this grant to unemployed Minnesotans due to the unprecedented escalation of unemployment in the State in recent months as well as Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls's commitment to provide Minnesotans access to high quality, financially affordable education and retraining opportunities.
 

Why aren't current or past Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls students eligible for this program?

In keeping with its mission as a community college, Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls wishes to extend access to its educational courses and programs to as many individuals as possible. Especially at a time of serious state revenue shortfalls, Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls is using empty seats in existing courses to keep the cost of this program as close to zero as possible. Allowing current or past students to participate in the program would be too expensive and, therefore, cost prohibitive for the College. Though Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls acknowledges it is not true in every case, in general, students who are currently enrolled or have enrolled at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls in the past have founds ways to enroll using existing financial aid programs or other means. As such, though it is not a perfect policy for all students, the College has decided to limit the program to new entering students in an effort to maximize the grant and focus it on those who are in the most immediate need of that assistance.

Last modified: January 6th, 2009 at 02:32pm