Inver Hills: The Right Direction
Inver Hills offers many flexible options for busy students:
Inver Hills participates in three Centers of Excellence:
Transfer to a four-year college or university
Many students choose Inver Hills to complete their generals and earn an Associate in Arts degree before transferring to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university, including:
The A.A. degree is 60 credits earned in three parts.
The A.A. with emphasis is designed to allow students to thoroughly prepare themselves for the major at corresponding baccalaureate programs at several public and private four-year colleges and universities. Students should work with an advisor or counselor to make thier transfer plans. Our nine emphasis areas are:
Other students choose to follow our Career Programs, which prepare them for the workforce after graduating.
Inver Hills Community College
The Right Direction
Dedicated to the power and promise of education, we inspire students, build careers and strengthen communities.
We will be an innovator in education, creating a vigorous intellectual environment for emerging leaders, scholars, and professionals. Providing an affordable gateway into the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, we will enrich individual lives and support our diverse communities, locally and globally.
At Inver Hills Community College, we value:
Founded in 1970, Inver Hills is a comprehensive community college offering more than 20 degree options, including liberal education courses (Associate in Arts degree) that lead to transfer to four-year colleges, and career-related degrees (A.S., A.A.S.) in leading occupational areas such as nursing, computer technology, law enforcement, human services, business, emergency health care and much more.
The 90-acre campus features nine modern buildings designed to fit naturally into the surrounding wooded hills and wetlands. The campus is located just off Highway 52 at 80th Street in Inver Grove Heights.
Inver Hills students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin (and a dozen foreign countries), but the most significant portion are from within a 20-mile radius of the campus, particularly Dakota and Washington counties and the city of St. Paul.
More than 1,200 course sections are scheduled each year in 50 academic disciplines. About half meet during evenings, late afternoons and weekends so that working people can attend. Traditionally, 50 percent of Inver Hills students are working adults and part-time learners.
With distinctive architecture and individual buildings, the campus has an engaging, small-college look and feel. The natural setting complements a student-centered philosophy based on delivering superb academic support and learning assistance as well as practical opportunities for personal and professional development.
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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. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects. Our outstanding student leadership programs feature more than 40 clubs and organizations on campus that sponsor events and activities year-round.