Pine Technical & Community College offers a range of programs with flexible scheduling, small class sizes, industry-focused programs, experienced and knowledgeable instructors, and friendly, helpful staff. Graduates are well-prepared to enter their chosen fields or transfer to a university.
Pine Technical and 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 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.
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PTCC offers many program choices to earn a top-quality education at an affordable cost. Our students benefit from personal attention from staff members, faculty, and even administrators, plus real-world experience in a hands-on environment and outstanding student support services focused on helping students succeed.
|Advanced Manufacturing Technology||AAS|
|American Sign Language Studies||CERT|
|Computer Controlled Precision Machining||DIP|
|Early Childhood Development||AS|
|Early Childhood Development||AAS|
|Early Childhood Development||DIP|
|Early Childhood Development||CERT|
|Firearms Technician Skills||CERT|
|Gunsmithing & Firearms Technician Apprentice||CERT|
|Gunsmithing & Firearms Technician Journeymen||DIP|
|Health Care Pre-Professional||CERT|
|Health Sciences Broad Field||AS|
|Human Services Eligibility Worker||AAS|
|Human Services Eligibility Worker||DIP|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||AA|
|Limited Scope X-Ray Operator||CERT|
|Manufacturing Technology - Prototype/Reverse Engineering||CERT|
|Networking and Microcomputer Technologies||CERT|
|Office Technology Specialist||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. 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 for which you are eligible to apply.
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 and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills and share the fun of working together on projects. PTCC offers a variety of clubs and student organizations that are fun and can help prepare you for your future career.