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Power of YOU Program ​​​​​

​​POY staff is working remotely from home and are still accessible through email/phone.​

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​Power of You helps empower students to reach their full potential. Students gain important leadership skills in a supportive structure where they identify their personal gifts, skills, and talents, and discover a suitable educational path which empowers them to maximize their potential based on their unique skills and passions. The Saint Paul College Power of You program has helped many student’s close achievement gaps, improve student performance, and enhance career opportunities.

  • 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 workshops
    • 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
    • On campus social and academic activities
    • Power of YOU Learning Communities
  • Eligibility Requirements

    • Graduate from an eligible high school in Spring 2021
    • ​Qualify for federal financial aid
    • Take the ACCUPLACER assessment and satisfy college admission requirements
  • Eligible high schools for Power of YOU 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

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Take the ACCUPLACER Assessment​
Accuplacer testing is currently suspended, but students are still able to apply for Power of YOU and submit their FAFSA. Testing is available at Saint Paul College Assessment Center 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 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available online.

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 Saint Paul College 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:

    • Register as a full-time student
    • Attend the Power of YOU Orientation and Introduction Day
    • Attend all classes as scheduled
    • Meet with your Navigator at least three times per semester
    • Engage in 10 hours of campus activities each semester​
    • Completing 10 hours of volunteerism or service learning each semester
    • Meeting satisfactory academic progress standards

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