‘The Power of You’ provides free college tuition for two years

A new program called &#8220The Power of You,” which fully funds the first two years of college at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and St. Paul College for recent high school graduates, will give priority to applications received by May 1. The final deadline is June 1.

&#8220The Power of You” makes college attendance accessible for those who may not otherwise be able to pay for school. Students from Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) may enroll at MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave. S. or St. Paul College for the fall. A third choice, Metropolitan State University, 730 Hennepin Ave. S. will be available in 2007.

Students are eligible for the program when they apply for grant-based financial aid. &#8220Power of You” scholarships will go towards any tuition or fees that the grants don't include.

To apply for &#8220Power of You,” students must fill out applications from the school, along with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. At MCTC, they're also required to take placement tests that are scheduled throughout the week (check www.minneapolis.edu/testing/testSchedule.cfm for test times).

Free information sessions about the program are hosted at MCTC on Wednesdays, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., and Thursdays, noon-2 p.m. For more information about the program, contact Walter Novillo, Director, at 659-6218 or visit MCTC's Web site, www.minneapolis.edu/powerofyou/index.cfm.