Occupational Grant Pilot Program allows Normandale to offer Tuition Free Opportunities in Selected Course Areas

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Apply for the Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Normandale Community College is taking part in a Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program that will pay for Normandale tuition and general fees not covered by other state or federal grant programs. This will allow students to complete certificate and degrees at Normandale to save as much as $5700 a year in educational costs.

To qualify for the grant a students must:

1. Begin enrollment during fall semester 2016 in one of Normandale's qualifying certificate, diploma, Associate's Degree or AAS programs that are part of the Occupational Grant Pilot Program immediately following:

  • High school graduation during the 2015-16 academic year; or
  • Completing an Adult Basic Education program or passing a GED test as a Minnesota resident during the 2015-16 academic year; or
  • Completing a 12 or 24-month Americorps program during the 2015-16 academic year that started immediately after high school graduation during an earlier academic year. 

2. Meet the definition of Minnesota resident use for state financial aid programs

3. Have an adjusted gross income (or wages for non-filers) of $90,000 or less for the 2015 tax year.

  • For a student applying as a dependent student, parental income is used.
  • For a student applying as an independent student, student (and spouse's , if married) income is used. 

4. Participate in free mentoring services throughout the student's academic program

5. Have tuition and fee charges not fully covered by Pell and State Grants during fall semester 2016

Due to limited funding, students are advised to apply as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by financial aid application completion date.

To apply for the initial grant for the 2016-17 academic year, students must complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students should apply using the 2016-17 MN Dream Act state financial aid application. Due to limited funding, students are advised to apply as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by application date.

List of Normandale programs that will be part of the Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Accounting (Associate's Degree or Certificate)
Business (Associate's Degree)
Business - Marketing and Management (Associate of Applied Science)
Casino Operations and Management (Certificate)
Community Health Education (Associate's Degree)
Community Health Worker and Navigator (Certificate)
Computer Science (Associate's Degree)
Computer Technology (Associate of Applied Science or Certificate)
Computers/Information Management (Associate of Applied Science or Certificate)
Criminal Justice (Associate's Degree)
Elementary Education Foundations (Associate's Degree)
Engineering Broad Field (Associate's Degree)
Food and Beverage Management (Certificate)
Food Science (Associate's Degree)
General Business (Certificate)
Health Sciences Broad Field (Associate's Degree)
Healthcare Systems Technology (Associate of Applied Science)
Hospitality Management (Associate of Applied Science)
Hotel and Marketing Sales (Certificate)
Hotel Operations (Certificate)
Human Resource Management (Certificate)
Information Management (Certificate)
International Business (Certificate)
Management (Certificate)
Marketing (Certificate)
Nursing Assistant (Certificate)
Small Business Management (Certificate)
Special Education Foundations (Associate's Degree)
Tourism Operations and Management (Certificate)
Vacuum and Thin Film Technology (Associate of Applied Science)
Vacuum Maintenance Technician (Certificate)
Vacuum Technology (Certificate)