Saint Paul College recently was ranked the No. 1 community college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for student engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction and support for learning. The college offers 43 associate degree programs, including the Associate in Arts degree, and 79 career certificate and diploma programs.
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Saint Paul 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.
You’ll receive top-quality education at Saint Paul College for an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, 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.
Saint Paul College prepares students for employment in career and technical fields, working with more than 500 business, industry, and labor representatives to provide employment opportunities. Graduates in 2013 had an overall employment placement rate in a related field of 78.3%. Program Advisory Committees include representatives from local businesses and industry to help ensure that graduates have the training required to perform in high-demand occupations.
Saint Paul College was ranked #1 in the nation by Washington Monthly in 2010 and 2013, and #9 by thebestschools.org, scoring substantially higher than other top performing community colleges in the areas of:
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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 $9,000 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.
Joining a club or organization gives you the opportunity to make friends, develop leadership skills, network in your career area and have fun. As a member of a club or organization, you’ll be active in the College community. Saint Paul College is the most diverse college campus in Minnesota. We offer a variety of cultural student associations, including the following:
Our diversity programming has celebrated Islam Awareness Week, Ethiopian New Year, Dia de los Muertos, National Coming Out Day, and Black History Month. We have had special events to develop intercultural competency skills with our Transgender, Hmong and Muslim communities. Our student associations have marched in the Cinco de Mayo and Twin Cities PRIDE parades.
We also offer student associations based on professional interests, such as:
Finally, we develop student leaders through our award-winning organizations including: