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Success through Advising and Resources Program (STAR)

The STAR Program Provides Personalized Support Services, Academic Advising and Career Counseling to Students Pursuing Certain Degrees or Certificates Who Are Also on SNAP (Food Stamps).

Program participants can apply for a $500 student support grant every semester.

Purpose of the Program

  • Provide basic needs support and career-focused training to students on SNAP during the Fall and Spring Semesters
  • Assist participants in identifying barriers to academic success and defining achievable goals
  • Help students graduate with the skills needed to find eventual employment through personalized career development services

Why Join?

  • Receive personalized career development and academic planning support 
  • Take free career assessments  
  • Get help accessing and applying for Normandale’s Emergency Grant and scholarships, including a $500 STAR Program student support grant every semester that is only available to STAR Program students
  • Get help finding basic needs support and other resources  
  • Identify roadblocks to academic success  
  • Develop achievable goals 
  • Learn job-seeking strategies  
  • Have a dedicated counselor to help navigate college

 Am I Eligible? 

 1. You must be Enrolled in Qualifying Degree Program 

  •  Students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Associate of Arts in Pre-Nursing or Pre-Dental, or most Certificates are eligible. See the dropdown menu below to find if your major qualifies. 

2. You must be Enrolled in SNAP 

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also sometimes referred to as food stamps or Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), is a food assistance program which provides monthly benefits to help you pay for groceries. Nationwide, SNAP programs are under-utilized by college students. There have been recent changes to SNAP eligibility so more college students qualify. If you are interested but are not enrolled in SNAP, see the dropdown menu below for resources to help you sign up.

Normandale is an equal opportunity provider

The STAR Program is offered in the fall and spring semesters, but not in the summer. If you are interested in the program for the Fall 2023 term, please check back on this web page in late August 2023. 

For more information about the program, email the Normandale STAR Program Counselor at Valerie.Dean@normandale.edu, or call 952-358-8253 

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