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Apply for the Power of YOU

The Power of YOU is a program that makes college available tuition-free. Power of You funding covers the cost of tuition and fees after your state and federal grants are applied for two years or up to 72 credits at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Saint Paul College. POY funds do not pay for books and transportation costs. The Power of YOU supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program.

If you begin the Power of YOU at MCTC or Saint Paul College, you may be eligible for merit-based scholarships to continue on to earn a baccalaureate (four-year) degree at Augsburg College.

Application priority date is May 1, 2017.

Eligibility requirements include but are not limited to the following:

  • Graduate in 2017 from an eligible high school
  • Meet the family adjusted gross income cap of $75,000
  • Meet MCTC course pre-requisites

Application steps

  1. Submit your MCTC application online
    • Use promo code MCTCPOY to waive the application fee
    • Check the box “Yes, I’m invited to apply to Power of YOU"
    • Opt in to receive text messaging
  2. Submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
    • Use MCTC School Code: 002362
  3. Complete college placement tests. The MCTC endorsed placement tests is the Accuplacer. Placement tests determine the level of college coursework you can begin with. Make sure you prepare before taking a test. Or, you may submit your ACT scores, at least 18-Writing, 21-Reading, 22-Math.

Power of YOU Advisors are available to assist with your application and the financial aid process, please contact us if you need help.

Arcelle Taylor, Power of YOU Advisor

Pashell Johnson, Power of YOU Advisor

Acceptance letters

You may receive an acceptance letter to Minneapolis Community and Technical College from the admissions office. Your acceptance to the college does not mean you have been accepted into the Power of YOU program.

You will need to fully complete all the steps in the Power of YOU application process by May 1, 2017. If you are accepted into the Power of YOU program, you will receive a letter outlining subsequent steps and an invitation to a Power of YOU orientation.


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