Questions and Answers
Q: What is the Power of YOU program?
A: The Power of YOU is a program of Minneapolis Community and Technical College that makes the first two years of college available tuition-free. Applicants must graduate from a participating public, charter or alternative high school in Minneapolis, Saint Paul or one of the suburban expansion schools. The program is collaboration between Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Saint Paul College that provides access to a broad spectrum of academic programs and career pathways.
Q: What criteria do students need to meet in order to be eligible for the Power of YOU program?
A: Requirements for eligibility in the program are as follows:
- Graduate from a Minneapolis, Saint Paul public, charter, alternative or suburban expansion high school in Spring 2014.
- Meet the criteria to apply for federal financial aid.
- Meet the general college admission requirements.
- Meet placement testing requirements.
- Meet family income cap criteria.
Q: Do I have to live in Minneapolis or Saint Paul to be eligible for the Power of YOU?
A: No. You do not need to live in Minneapolis or Saint Paul.
Q: Do I really have to be a student in a public, charter or alternative high school in the city of Minneapolis or Saint Paul to be eligible for the Power of YOU?
A: Yes. You must earn a diploma from a public high school in the cities of Minneapolis or Saint Paul to be eligible for the program. Graduates from our suburban expansion schools are eligible for the program as well. Students from private high schools are not eligible.
Q: Am I eligible for the Power of YOU if I have been out of high school for a year or more?
A: No. In order to be eligible for the program, you must graduate or have been a student the same year as your fall enrollment. (i.e., graduate spring 2014, start MCTC fall 2014)
Q: If I obtain a GED (General Education Diploma/high school diploma equivalency) am I eligible for the Power of YOU?
A: No. At the time of application you must be in your senior year of high school and be expecting to receive your diploma.
Q: Do I have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the Power of YOU?
A: Yes. Eligibility for the Power of YOU requires you to fill out the 2013-2014 FAFSA form.
Q: If I qualify for financial aid, what costs will the Power of YOU cover?
A: Federal and State grants are first applied to your tuition and mandatory fees. The Power of YOU will cover any remaining tuition and fee expenses.
Q: Will the Power of YOU program offer anything other than financial assistance?
A: The program will offer an array of services to enable students to achieve their academic and career goals. Some of the services include individualized academic advising, career development services, peer support programs and social and cultural activities.
Q: Are there any scholarships available to complete a four year degree after completing my first two years in the Power of YOU?
A: *Yes. Metropolitan State University has a merit-based Bridge Scholarship opportunity for Power of YOU students completing two years at Minneapolis Community and Technical College or Saint Paul College. The scholarship will allow the student to continue their education at Metropolitan State. Augsburg College also offers a scholarship to POY students successfully completing their studies at MCTC.
*Note that this information is subject to change based on these respective institutions. Students should work closely with their POY Advisor for assistance in the scholarship application process to ensure they have the most up-to-date information. There are a number of scholarships available to all students that attend Metropolitan State University. To find more information please visit www.metrostate.edu.
Q: How is it determined who gets accepted into the Power of YOU program?
A: The program is a need-based program that uses the financial aid process to identify student need. We identify and fund students who have a high need first and then continue funding the rest of the students. We are committed to funding all applicants based on the money available.
Q: How will students find out if they are accepted into the Power of YOU program?
A: Students accepted into the Power of YOU program will be notified by mail after the final deadline.
Q: What additional criteria do students need to meet to remain eligible for the Power of YOU program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College?
A: In addition to meeting the general MCTC admissions criteria, these are additional Power of YOU program requirements and expectations for continued program eligibility:
- Attend a Power of YOU Orientation and register for Fall Semester 2014 classes (accepted students will receive a letter with an assigned orientation date).
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per term toward a degree, diploma or certificate.
- Meet with a Power of YOU advisor at least three times each semester.
- Meet the MCTC Satisfactory Academic Progress policy requirements each term.
- Apply for and complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every spring semester.
- Participate in 20 hours of service to the community each semester.