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Power of YOU Program

Power of You Information Session

Learn about the Power of YOU, tour the campus and receive help to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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The Power of YOU is a program that makes college available tuition-free. The program covers the cost of tuition and fees for two years at Saint Paul College through state and federal grants and private scholarships. The Power of YOU supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the progra​m.

Power of YOU program at Saint Paul College includes:
  • Two years tuition-free college through federal and state grants and/or private scholarships
  • Individualized academic advising and goal setting
  • Career development services/assessments/workshops
  • Academic support including tutoring, twice weekly study sessions
  • Advisor and faculty intervention through early alert retention system
  • College success strategies, first year experience and study skills courses
  • Transfer information sessions and tours of four-year colleges/universities
  • One-on-one class registration guidance each semester to ensure enrollment in classes needed in sequence for specific program of study
  • FAFSA workshops and assistance yearly
  • Field Trips (Omni Theatre, Science Museum, State Capitol, Mixed Blood Theatre)
  • On campus social and academic activities and motivational speakers
  • Power of YOU Learning Communities
  • Recognition and leadership opportunities
  • Summer Bridge Program
Eligibility requirements
  • Graduate from an eligible high school in Spring 2017
  • Combined parent and student adjusted gross income and untaxed income must be less than $75,000
  • Qualify for federal financial aid
  • Take the ACCUPLACER assessment and satisfy college admission requirements
Eligible high schools for Power of YO​U at Saint Paul College:
  • All Saint Paul or Minneapolis public schools or public charter schools
  • Brooklyn Center Secondary
  • Columbia Heights High School
  • Henry Sibley High School
  • Richfield High School
  • Robbinsdale Cooper High School
  • Roseville Area High School
  • Simley High School
  • South St. Paul Secondary
  • Woodbury High School

Application Procedure for Power of YOU
The steps below must be completed and all paperwork submitted to Saint Paul College by May 1, 2017, for your application to be considered for the Power of YOU program for Fall 2017.


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​Apply to the Power of YOU program online at

Take the ACCUPLACER Assessment
Testing is available on a walk-in basis, no appointment is necessary. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete these un-timed assessments in reading and math. View more information on the required assessment

Submit a FAFSA and complete the entire financial aid process
The 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available online at​.

FAFSA School Code: Saint Paul College 005533

Submitting a FAFSA is just the first step in completing the financial aid process, which may take several weeks. Submit your FAFSA early to make sure it is completed before the Power of YOU application deadline.

Submit your high school transcript after graduation
Provide proof of high school diploma by submitting the final high school transcript after graduation. The high school transcript must have a printed graduation date listed. Request high school transcripts to be sent to Saint Paul College. If you have completed any college courses while in high school, request official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions to be sent to Saint Paul College.

Acceptance into the Power of YOU

If you meet the eligibility requirements and complete the application steps by the deadline, your material will be reviewed and considered for participation in the Power of YOU. You will receive electronic notification of your acceptance to Saint Paul College. Admission to the college does not mean that you have been accepted into the Power of YOU program. You will receive a separate communication indicating acceptance in the Power of YOU.

Power of YOU Agreement

Once you are accepted into the Power of YOU program, you commit to:

  • Registering as a full-time student
  • Attending the Power of YOU Orientation and Introduction Day
  • Attending all classes as scheduled
  • Meeting with the Pathway Advisor at least three times per semester
  • Participating in at least two Power of YOU sponsored activities each semester
  • Completing 10 hours of volunteerism or service learning each semester
  • Meeting satisfactory academic progress standards
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