Starting Point is a 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.
- Complete an Application
Applications are also available in T.4300. Bring your completed and signed application to a TRIO Starting Point staff member along with proof of eligibility. Space is limited. Students are accepted into the program on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Note: Admission to the program is not automatic. Completed applications will be evaluated for eligibility and space in the program. If admitted, you will be contacted about the next steps to begin your involvement with TRIO Starting Point.
Check your messages. Once your application has been turned in with verification documents, you should hear back about your acceptance into the program in about 2 weeks. Please make sure your email and phone contact information on your application are correct.
- Attend a Starting Point orientation. Find out all about TRIO history, the program services and requirements in one fun session with Starting Point staff and other new program students.
- Meet with your assigned TRIO Starting Point advisor. After you attend orientation, you will be able to set up an appointment with your new TRIO Starting Point advisor and get started using our services.
To apply, you must:
- Be currently accepted or enrolled at Minneapolis College
- Plan to graduate from Minneapolis College and/or transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
You must qualify with one of the following requirements:
- Income eligible (see graph below)
- First Generation (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
- Have a disability and must demonstrate an academic need.
You must be at or above the following course levels:
- Writing: ENGL 0900 or ESOL 0041
- Reading: READ 0100 or ESOL 0042
You are ineligible for the program if you are:
- Close to graduating and/or transferring
- Applying soon or in the nursing program
- Have a previous degree.
Federal TRIO Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels (Effective January 11, 2019 until further notice)
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* For family units with more than 8 members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,630.
The following services are available and FREE to all TRIO Starting Point students:
- Program advisor who works collaboratively with you throughout your time at Minneapolis College
- Advice and assistance in course enrollment, selection and planning
- Professional tutoring (see our Tutoring Center section below for more information)
- Transfer planning & application assistance
- Monitoring of academic progress, assessment, and intervention when needed
- Advocacy with faculty and staff
- Study skill development
- FYST 1000: Orientation to Higher Education course (tuition paid for by program)
- Academic resource lending program (laptops, SmartPens, digital recorders, short-term textbook use)
- Transfer college campus tours
- Educational workshops.
- Financial aid award letter review
- Assistance in completing applications and monitoring Federal Student Aid
- Financial literacy education
- Scholarship searches and application assistance.
- Career exploration and planning
- Goal setting assistance
- Peer Mentoring
- Leadership opportunities
- Cultural & social events
- Personal advising with referrals to on and off campus resources (housing, health care, work, etc.).
For information about any services, please contact your Starting Point advisor.
The Starting Point Tutoring Center provides free tutoring services for Starting Point students. These include tutoring by appointment and walk-in tutoring. Most of the tutors are professionals with degrees and many years of tutoring and/or teaching experience.
The Tutoring Center is located in T.4300.
The semester hours are generally:
- 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
How to use the Starting Point Tutoring Center
- Schedule and cancel tutoring appointments through Navigate.
- Stop by T.4300 to see if a tutor is available.
Prepare for the Tutoring Session by Coming with a List of Questions
“I don’t know where to start.” or “I don’t understand the assignment.”
- Bring your book, syllabus and assignment sheet.
- This may be a short session where you and the tutor brainstorm about what needs to be done and then you can start the assignment on your own.
“I’m stuck, how do I…”
- Again, come prepared with your book, syllabus, and assignment sheet.
- Be prepared to explain what you’re tried, and why it didn’t work.
- Make sure to show your work. Tutors can then see where you made mistakes and how to help you fix those mistakes.
- When working independently, don’t stop the first time you get confused. Continue on with the rest of your homework so that when you’re working with the tutor you can keep asking questions after your first question gets answered.
- When you and the tutor figure out what needs to be fixed be prepared to finish your work independently.
“Can you look over this and make sure I didn’t make any mistakes.”
- It is not the tutor’s responsibility to make sure you have a 100% perfect assignment to turn in. The tutor’s job is to help students learn and improve.
- A tutor may take one math problem or one paragraph and see if they can find any mistakes. If mistakes are found the tutor may review them with you, explain what’s wrong, how to fix it, and then you can continue looking for similar mistakes and fixing them on your own.
“I just got my assignment back and I didn’t do as well as I expected. Can you review it with me?”
- This is a great way to learn from your mistakes. Everyone will have a test or paper that doesn’t go as well as expected. What went wrong?
- A tutor will go over it with you, explaining where you made mistakes and how to fix them in the future. If you don’t learn from those mistakes the next assignment will probably have the same results as the first.
Thank Your Tutor
- Tutors work hard to make sure you get the information you need to succeed. A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Tutors also love to hear about how you’re progressing in your classes. Gifts are not needed or expected.
Contact us for more information about Starting Point: