What is MN Reconnect?

MN Reconnect is a program that helps adult learners re-enroll and finish their postsecondary education. MN Reconnect was developed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education in partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and with the financial and technical support from Lumina Foundation and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).

Am I eligible for MN Reconnect?

You are eligible to participate in MN Reconnect if you meet the following requisites:

  • Are a Minnesota resident (read the criteria here)
  • Are between the ages of 25 and 61
  • Have not completed a college award/degree
  • Have completed 15 or more college credits
  • Have not been enrolled at an institution for the two academic years prior to enrollment
  • Commit to completing a certificate, diploma or associate degree at the participating colleges in two years

If you are uncertain about your eligibility, don’t hesitate to contact the designated navigator for your college.

Is MN Reconnect available at all Minnesota colleges?

No, only four Minnesota State colleges were selected to participate in the launching phase of MN Reconnect: Inver Hills Community College, Lake Superior College, Riverland Community College and South Central College.

Recently we added five more Minnesota State Colleges: Central Lakes College, Dakota County and Technical College, Minneapolis College, North Hennepin Community College, and Pine Technical and Community College.

To learn about our participating institutions, please visit https://mnreconnect.com/participating-institutions/

If I attended another institution previously, and I am now returning to one of the four MN Reconnect colleges, would I be eligible?

Yes, transfer students are eligible as long as they meet the program requirements (see “Am I eligible for MN Reconnect?”).

Who should I contact with questions regarding the MN Reconnect program?

If you are interested in re-enrolling in one of the participating colleges, please contact their respective navigator. They are your direct resource for MN Reconnect. Navigators will answer your questions about eligibility, admissions, registering for classes, scholarships, and more. They also serve as the primary advisor for all participants.

If you have general questions regarding the program, please contact Shelly Auldrich at shelly.auldrich@minnstate.edu or call her at (651) 201-1677.

Is there an application fee when re-enrolling?

Typically no. While some colleges don’t charge application fees to any student, such fees may be waived by the other participating colleges for adult learners who re-enroll back. Please, check with your navigator to determine if this fee can be waived.

Is there any financial assistance available to me if I participate in MN Reconnect?

Yes. Besides the MN Reconnect Scholarship that awards $1,000 per semester, adult learners who are carrying unpaid balances that prevents them to re-enroll in an institution can access up to $1,000 to release the financial hold. Our navigators will take care of the process.

Additionally, last year over $150 million in federal and state financial aid grants helped make college affordable for thousands of Minnesota adult learners. Our navigators will help you explore how to make college affordable for you and help you apply for any financial resources available, including the MN Reconnect Scholarship and other scholarships for MN Reconnect students provided at specific colleges.

What is the MN Reconnect Scholarship?

The MN Reconnect Scholarship awards $1,000 per semester to eligible adult learners enrolling in a MN Reconnect participating institution.  As an adult learner, you can count on this funding each semester, in addition to other federal and state grants, to help you pay tuition, buy books, or assist with childcare or transportation costs.

*Awards are based on the availability of funds. The Minnesota Legislature appropriated funding for the MN Reconnect scholarship for the biennium ending on June 30, 2021.

I have never taken online classes. What should I expect and what could I do to have a successful experience?

Facing a new instructional method may trigger second thoughts about going back to college, but it should not scare you away from your goal of earning your degree. We are here for you. Navigators at each of our participating colleges will provide you with tutorials and instructional videos to help you easily adapt to new learning platforms, such as Desire2Learn (D2L), Zoom, and Skype, and answer all your questions about distance learning.

What resources are available to adult learners taking online classes?

Each college has made available to students specific to facilitate distance learning. You can learn about the resources at any of our participating colleges through their designated navigator. MN Reconnect navigators are there for you to advise you on how to best adapt to distance learning, acquiring technological capacity, and access specific aid to adult learners at their college, and other community and state resources to alleviate any emergency you may experience.

We encourage you to get in touch with a navigator as they can best advise you on re-enrollment, applying for the MN State Grant and the MN Reconnect Scholarship, how to take advantage of summer classes and plan ahead for fall semester.

MN Reconnect is about helping adult learners like you complete their program. We will connect you with the resources you need to earn your degree. Get in touch with us today.