Student Services

Starting Point

Starting Point is TRIO Student Support Services program. The program's mission is to increase retention, transfer and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Providing comprehensive advising, academic support and cultural & social opportunities
  • Meeting the needs of a diverse, multicultural campus community
  • Respectfully serving individuals with different abilities, interests and goals in a student-centered environment
  • Advocating for access to higher education


We provide a number of services to participants in TRIO Starting Point. These services have been developed to help TRIO students reach their goals while on campus. 
Our services include:
  • Academic advising
  • Registration assistance
  • Financial aid advising
  • Transfer advising
  • Career advising
  • Professional tutoring
  • Cultural & social activities
  • Campus visits
  • Peer mentoring
  • Special courses
  • Faculty mid-term evaluations
  • Referrals to campus offices or community agencies

How to Apply

To apply for Starting Point students must:
  • Already be admitted to MCTC
  • Complete a Starting Point application
  • Provide proof of eligibility

Contact us

For more information about Starting Point please contact:

TRIO Starting Point
Starting Point Location: T.4300
Phone: 612-659-6565
Fax: 612-659-6151


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