Itasca is the best place to start.
Itasca Community 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 during your senior year of high school
Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll get a top-quality education at an affordable cost in a scenic location. Personal attention from faculty and staff, small class sizes, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.
|American Indian Studies||CERT|
|Applied Psychology/Human Services||AS|
|Early Childhood Education||AS|
|Energy Technical Specialist||AAS|
|Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional||CERT|
|Geography/Geographic Information System (GIS)||AS|
|Health Sciences Broad Field||AS|
|Industrial Technology - Power Generation||AAS|
|Industrial Technology: Pulp and Paper||AAS|
|Industrial Technology: Pulp and Paper||DIP|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||AA|
|Strategic Security Studies||AS|
How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form, online at www.fafsa.gov. 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 anytime after Jan. 1st of your senior year. It is best to complete the form approximately two weeks AFTER federal taxes have been submitted to the I.R.S. (if you are a tax filer) so that you can utilize the I.R.S. data retrieval process within the FAFSA application. 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. Itasca awards over $150,000 in student scholarships annually.
You may be eligible to receive federal grants of $555 to $5,550 per year. Additional federal grants or state grants may also be available. 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 veteran’s 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.
It is easy to become involved at Itasca.