Latinx Students

Current Events

Normandale Community College welcomed Youth@Work from CLUES May 7, 2018

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Normandale Community College welcomed F.I.R.E. program ISD 191 on April 5-

Latino families are visiting Normandale to learn about higher education: Click HERE to learn more about the F.I.R.E. Academy

Visit

Click HERE to learn more about making arrangements for your group to visit Normandale.


Upcoming Events

  • Latino Family Night: Tuesday, June 26 2018, 5:00-7:00 P.M. - RSVP HERE

DACA Updates-

What Do I need to Know About the End of DACA?

Need Legal advice?  For information from the Immigration Law Center, click HERE

Want to connect with a local organization?  Connect with Navigate MN HERE

Links and Resources

We offer the following links to help you in becoming a Normandale student:

Click HERE to visit the Normandale Academic Advising department


Click HERE to apply to Normandale online


Click HERE to schedule Accuplacer placement testing

(Click HERE to get a free web-based study app for the Accuplacer test)


Click HERE to access a helpful 'Paying for College Checklist'

Student Service Guide for Undocumented Students

Normandale Community College is committed to serving students and assisting them to reach their educational goals, regardless of citizenship status.  This guide is meant to help an undocumented student understand the services available to them on campus and other tips to help them succeed.

Normandal's Guide for Undocumented Students Page

Minnesota Dream Act

The MN Dream Act was signed into law by Governor Dayton on May 23, 2013 and will provide certain benefits to undocumented students. This page is an excellent summary of the criteria and benefits of this act.

Click on the Minnesota Dream Act Application for more details, or click HERE to watch a video on how to complete the Dream Act application form.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education Website

NavigateMN.org

From the website:

"NAVIGATE was created to address the growing need for resources that help immigrant students, regardless of immigration status, in Minnesota to pursue higher education.

"Our team is made up of college students ranging from freshman to seniors and graduates of high schools and universities."

NavigateMN.org Resources Page

Payment Plans at Normandale

Normandale offers Nelnet, which is a tuition management plan that provides students with a low cost option for budgeting tuition and fees.

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2017-2018 Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program Application

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Student Employment at Normandale

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FAFSA

Submit a free application for Federal Student Aid

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Great Lakes Dash Grant

Normandale Community College now has additional resources to help low-income students weather financial emergencies through the Normandale Cares Emergency Grant (Great Lakes Dash Emergency Grant).

Campus Cupboard

The Campus Cupboard, (run in partnership with Good in the 'Hood, a food shelf in Bloomington), is a food pantry for Normandale students aimed at eliminating hunger as a distraction for those experiencing financial hardship. 

Good in the Hood logo

Summer Nudging

Summer Nudging is a program designed to help college-bound students successfully enter into college in the fall after high school graduation through weekly text messages, or "nudges." This is to help prevent "summer melt," which is described by the statistic that "1 in 5 college bound students fail to matriculate in the fall."

Normandale Scholarship Opportunities

Javier and Dara

Admissions Rep Javier Salinas Vega and Dara Hagen- VP of Student Affairs

Normandale was awarded $5,000 from the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul and the Foundation has matched those funds with an additional $5,000.  Last week, there were 13 students selected who will receive the IME Becas Scholarship.

IME Becas Scholarship

IME Becas Scholars- 2017-2018

(Click HERE for an application form)

Alliss Grant http://normandale.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/79/~/the-alliss-grant

LeadMN https://www.leadmn.org/scholarships

Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color https://mnacc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=213

Leadership Through Service (LTS) http://www.normandale.edu/campus-life/experiential-education/leadership-through-service

Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship http://www.nelliestone.org/scholarship-program

LEDC Latino Scholarship Fund 2018 http://ledcmn.org/index.php/en/2018/01/16/2018-application/

CLUES Youth @ Work Program http://www.clues.org/wp_english/youthwork-program/

Scholarships are now available to students applying for the MN Dream Act. Take a look at the many great Normandale Scholarships opportunities.

L.U.N.A.- Latinos United at Normandale in Action

L.U.N.A. Club- 2017

With over 60 members, L.U.N.A. (Latinos United at Normandale in Action) meets Wednesdays during the semester in the Kopp Student Center over the lunch hour, from 12 - 1 pm.  Click HERE for the L.U.N.A. Club meeting agenda and information about upcoming events and workshops.

Each semester, Normandale hosts Latino Family Night with the entire program given in Spanish and supported by members of L.U.N.A.

LUNA club attending USHLI national conference Feb. 15-18  

http://www.ushli.org/national_conference.html

FAQs

 

If I don't have a Social Security number, can I still apply to Normandale?
What is Deferred Action?
I have all these documents like a work permit, driver's license, student enrollment card, etc. so how can I still be "undocumented"?
Do I have to be a full time student?
What is required to be accepted at Normandale?
Information Sessions
Link to Student Service Guide for Undocumented Students

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If I don't have a Social Security number, can I still apply to Normandale?

YES, providing a Social Security number is voluntary and NOT required. See form example »

Normandale Application Form Social Security Line

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What is Deferred Action?

Deferred Action is a policy of the Federal government (and NOT a law) that allows those undocumented immigrants who are currently under the age of 31 to stay in the United States for 2 years, subject to renewal if they have a job or are in school.

There are several other important provisions regarding Deferred Action and we encourage you to click on the PDF to the right and read the frequently asked questions about it.

Deferred Action Frequently Asked Questions PDF

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I have all these documents like a work permit, driver's license, student enrollment card, etc. so how can I still be "undocumented"?

"Undocumented" in this case refers to an "undocumented" entry into a country or an "undocumented" status after a visa has expired, no longer having a valid visa (H1 B) document.

Expired Visas means undocumented

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Do I have to be a full time student?

No. You don't have to come to school every day. At Normandale, you pick your own schedule and how many credits you want to take.

Normandale Application Form Cover

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What is required for admission to Normandale?

You need a high school diploma or a GED (General Education Development) diploma. After you are admitted, a placement test will determine where you start your coursework at Normandale.

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Information Sessions
Contact Normandale Community College Office of Admissions for Information Session schedules at
952-358-8201 or visit our Visit Normandale website

Undocumented Students/DREAMers

Normandale Community College is committed to serving students and assisting them to reach their educational goals, regardless of citizenship status.  This guide is meant to help an undocumented student understand the services available to them on campus and other tips to help them succeed.

Click HERE to watch a video on how to complete the MN State Dream Act application for financial aid

Admissions

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same. There is no federal or state law that prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. colleges, public or private. Federal or state laws do not require students to prove citizenship in order to enter U.S. institutions of higher education.

Important things to know:

On the college application, it is important to include your date of birth. Although date of birth is optional, it is often used as a means to verify identification when accessing services.

Advising & Counseling

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Bookstore

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Business Office

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Career Services

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Campus Cupboard

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Cooperative Education and Internships

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Important things to know:

We can place students in companies or organizations that work with undocumented students.

Experiential Education

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Undocumented can apply for state financial aid by accessing the online MN Dream Act State Financial Aid Application.

Undocumented students are not eligible for federal aid programs through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Normandale Foundation Scholarships require that a student is either eligible to complete the FAFSA or an international student here on an F-1 Student Visa.

Important things to know:

Undocumented students can borrow through the Minnesota SELF loan program as long as they have a credit-worthy cosigner who is a U.S. Citizen.

The Business Office offers a payment plan that will allow students to pay their tuition throughout the semester, instead of one payment at the start of the semester. More information on the payment plan is available here.

Students who are eligible to work can work at on-campus jobs only through Departmental funding (i.e. they are not eligible for state or federal work-study funds).

Library

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.
To log onto library computers, students use their StarID and network password.  To check out materials from the Normandale Library, students need their student ID card.  To access electronic databases and books from off campus, students use the 14-digit library barcode located on the back of their student ID card. 

Office of Students with Disabilities

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Records & Registration

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.
We require photo identification to assist students with their education records because state and federal law protect students’ privacy.  We will ask for the student’s ID number to retrieve the student record.

Important things to know:

If a student does not know his or her Student ID number, we will ask for other information to identify them. 

Name, address, date of birth are some data elements we can match on for students who do not have a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

Student Computing

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Student Life

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Testing

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

Important things to know:

All students need to provide photo identification prior to testing. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found here.

Tutoring

Are services the same or different for undocumented students?

Same.

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