FAQ

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).

Which institutions participate in MN Reconnect?

Four Minnesota State colleges have been selected to participate in the launching phase of MN Reconnect: Inver Hills Community College, Lake Superior College, Riverland Community College and South Central College.

Am I eligible for MN Reconnect?

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

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 44
  • 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
  • Are a Minnesota resident
  • 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 have been selected to participate in the launching phase of MN Reconnect: Inver Hills Community College, Lake Superior College, Riverland Community College and South Central College. To learn about our participating institutions, please visit https://mnreconnect.com/participating-institutions/

If I attended another institution previously, and 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?

No. While Riverland Community College and South Central College don’t charge application fees to students, such fees are waived by Inver Hills Community College and Lake Superior College for adult learners who re-enroll back.

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

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 scholarships for MN Reconnect students provided at specific colleges.