Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers more than 120 career and liberal arts degrees and certificates at locations in the heart of Minnesota’s beautiful lakes country and the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College has an open admissions policy. This means:
You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, so your high school preparation makes a difference.
Apply early in 12th grade. That increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.
Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from expert faculty and experienced staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you discover your future career.
|Administrative Management Technology||AAS|
|American Sign Language Studies||CERT|
|Architectural Drafting and Design||AAS|
|Auto Body Collision Technology||AAS|
|Auto Body Collision Technology||DIP|
|Auto Body Collision Technology||CERT|
|Automotive Light Duty Maintenance Technician||CERT|
|Automotive Service Technology||AAS|
|Automotive Service Technology||DIP|
|Business: Management, Marketing and Sales||AAS|
|Business: Marketing and Sales||DIP|
|Child Care and Education||CERT|
|Civil Engineering Technology||AAS|
|Cosmetology (North Dakota)||CERT|
|Diesel Equipment Technology||AAS|
|Diesel Equipment Technology||DIP|
|Digital Photography and Imaging||CERT|
|Drafting and 3D Technologies||AAS|
|Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education||AS|
|Electrical Lineworker Technology||AAS|
|Electrical Lineworker Technology||DIP|
|Fire Department Company Officer||CERT|
|Fire Service Preparation||CERT|
|Gas Utility Construction and Service||DIP|
|Graphic Design Technology||AAS|
|Graphic Design Technology||CERT|
|Health Information - Technology Specialist||CERT|
|Health Information Technology/Coding||AAS|
|Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration||DIP|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||AA|
|Management Information Systems||AS|
|Marine Engine Technology||AAS|
|Marine Engine Technology||DIP|
|Marine Engine Technology||CERT|
|Marine and PowerSports Maintenance Specialist||CERT|
|Mechanical Drafting and Design||DIP|
|Medical Administrative Assistant||AAS|
|Medical Coding and Insurance||DIP|
|Medical Laboratory Technology||AS|
|Medical Office Assistant||DIP|
|Network Administration and Security||AAS|
|Professional Sales Skills||CERT|
|Refrigeration and Air Conditioning||DIP|
|Sign Language Interpreter Preparation||AAS|
|Virtual Office Professional||CERT|
|Voice and Video Over Internet Protocol||CERT|
How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.
Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.
The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:
Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.
You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.
Other ways to save
Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.
Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Getting involved in student life activities pays off in so many ways. College students who join campus activities do better both in their college courses and in their careers. Employers increasingly look at a student’s college involvement when they’re making hiring decisions. By joining a club or team, you’ll have a chance to expand your skills and interests, learn to work as part of a group, polish your leadership skills and serve your campus and community. Most important, you’ll have fun! There are a variety of opportunities at M State including student organizations, clubs, fine arts, collegeiate and intramural sports. The options vary a bit by campus so be sure to inquire when you visit one of M State's four campuses.