Two-Year Occupational Grant

SPECIAL STATEMENT • JUNE 1, 2016:  At this time, all two-year Occupational Grant Funds within this program have been awarded to students. However, other financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA for Fall semester as soon as possible.

 

Grant Program for Career Education

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The program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in a qualifying career and technical programs at Central Lakes College, so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation. It was created by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature and will be implemented for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years as a pilot program.

The funds available for the pilot program are limited, so students should start the application process early by completing the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (https://www.ohe.state.mn.us) or the Financial Aid Office at CLC.

Amount of the Grant
The Occupational Grant will cover any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the student’s Federal Pell Grant and MN State Grant have been applied to the student’s account.

FUNDS ARE LIMITED
We recommend that you
1) APPLY to Central Lakes College
2) FILL out your 2016-17 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov 
3) REGISTER for Fall Semester classes EARLY!

Central Lakes College Qualifying Occupational Programs

Because this program listing is subject to change, students should check with the college to make sure the program is still offered. In order for the student to participate in the pilot program, the student must be admitted into and start the occupational program during fall term 2016.

A.A.S. Degree Programs
Accountant
Administrative Assistant
Applied Engineering Technology
Business Management
Child Development, Care and Guidance
Child Development/American Sign Language
Computer Information Technology
Computer Network Administration
Computer Network Administration – Cisco
Computer Network Administration – CyberSecurity
Criminal Justice
Dental Assisting
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
Healthcare Accounting
Healthcare Administrative Specialist
Healthcare Technology
Horticulture
Machine Tool Technology
Marine and Small Engine Technology
Medical Assistant
Robotics/Automated Systems Technology
Special Education
Welding and Fabrication

A.S. Degree Programs
Criminalistics
Engineering
Health Sciences Broad Field
Nursing
Young Child Education

Diploma Programs
Accountant
Administrative Support
Automotive Technology
Child Development Assistant
Computer Support Specialist
Dental Assisting
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician
Floral Design
Healthcare Administrative Specialist
Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance
Landscape Technology
Machine Tool Technology
Manufacturing Maintenance Technician
Manufacturing Welding Technician
Marine and Small Engine Technology
Mechatronics
Medical Assistant
Practical Nursing
Robotics/Automated Systems Technology
Sustainable Greenhouse Production
Welding and Fabrication

Certificate Programs
Advanced CNC Machine Tool Technology
Advanced Tool & Die Mold Making
Automation Technologies
Bookkeeping
Child Development
Criminal Justice
Entrepreneurship
Help Desk Specialist
Hospitality Careers
Law Enforcement Skills
Machine Technology
Manufacturing Foundations
Manufacturing Technician
Microsoft Office Professional
Nursing Assistant
Office Assistant
Phlebotomy Technician
Production Technologies
Robotic Human Machine Interface Advanced
Robotic Manufacturing
Robotic Offline Programming Advanced
Robotic Vision Advanced
Robotic Welding
Robotic Welding Advanced
Special Education
Welding Technology

Amount of Grant

The grant will cover any remaining tuition and general fee charges after the student’s Federal Pell Grant and MN State Grant have been applied to the student’s account. Program-specific fees and equipment are not covered. The grant is available for up to 72 semester credits, including any required developmental courses taken after admission to the occupational program.

Student Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the grant, the student must:

  • Begin enrollment during fall semester 2016 in a qualifying certificate, diploma, AS or AAS program at a MnSCU two-year college immediately following:
    • High school graduation during the 2015-2016 academic year; or
    • Completing an Adult Basic Education program or passing a GED test as a Minnesota resident during the 2015-2016 academic year; or
    • Completing a 12 or 24-month Americorps program during the 2015-2016 academic year that started immediately after high school graduation during an earlier academic year
  • Meet the definition of MN resident used for state financial aid programs
  • Have an adjusted gross income (or wages for non-filers) of $90,000 or less for the 2015 tax year
    • For a student applying as a dependent student, parental income is used
    • For a student applying as an independent student, student (and spouse’s, if married) income is used
  • Participate in free mentoring services throughout the student’s academic program
  • Have tuition and fee charges not fully covered by Pell and State Grants during fall semester 2016

Applying for the Grant

To apply for the initial grant for the 2016-2017 academic year, students must complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students should apply using the 2016-2017 MN Dream Act state financial aid application. Due to limited funding, students are advised to apply as early as possible, since applicants will be ranked by application date.

First Year Grant

A student must receive this grant during the fall term of 2016 in order to take part in the pilot program. The grant will be available for each term of the 2016-2017 academic year, including summer term 2017, provided the student has tuition and fee charges not covered by federal and state grants. The amount of this grant can change each term depending on the student’s enrollment level, tuition and fees and the amount of the student’s federal and state grants.

A student in a program requiring more than 30 semester credits (including any required developmental courses) must complete at least 30 credits during the 2016-2017 academic year to meet the conditions for grant renewal during the 2017-2018 academic year. Students enrolled in shorter programs must complete their programs during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Second Year Grant Conditions for Renewal

The grant can be renewed for the 2017-2018 academic year if the student meets the following conditions:

  • Submits a 2017-2018 FAFSA (or 2017-2018 MN Dream Act state financial aid application for undocumented students) and any other required documents in a timely manner
  • Successfully completed at least 30 semester credits during the 2016-2017 academic year, including summer term 2017
  • Participated in required free mentoring services during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Making satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year and for each term of the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Student’s college certifies the student is on track to complete the program during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Required Mentoring Services

To support students throughout their academic programs, this pilot program requires recipients to participate in free mentoring services including, but not limited to:

  • Communicating with the mentoring service throughout program participation
  • Developing a personalized student success plan which includes
    • Concrete steps towards program completion and job placement
    • Identification of and contingency plans for potential obstacles to completion
  • Making connections to on-campus resources and personal development opportunities
  • Financial planning

Questions

If you have questions about the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program, please contact the Office of Higher Education or the financial aid office at Central Lakes College. If you have questions about a particular occupational program at Central Lakes College, please contact the Admissions Office at 218-855-8031.

MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program Handout

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