Your knowledge and experience are valuable and could translate to college credit! Find out how by completing this survey. Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes or less.
Prior learning is different from transferring previously earned college credits. Learn more about transferring credits to Dakota County Technical College and to Inver Hills Community College.
The idea of "going back to college" can seem overwhelming. That's why we are here to help you succeed! We offer great support for adult learners, including:
You’ve changed since the last time — a lot of adult students find that they approach school differently the second time around. You've got more life experience now and probably have an even more clear sense of why you are coming to school than you did the first time. In fact, adult students often have a higher GPA than traditional age students. We also offer academic renewal which provides you an opportunity to establish a new GPA. Your counselor can help you determine if this would benefit you.
We have also changed! We offer online tutoring, more online classes, and dedicated program advisors as supports that might not have been in place the last time you were in school.
You will not be alone! Over one third of our students are considered "non-traditional" over the age of 25. They are balancing school, work, family and life, just like you!
Our campus welcomes seniors who want to take classes! In fact, seniors can take a class and pay no tuition! Learn more here.
A degree may be closer than you think! Here are all the different ways you can earn credit towards your degree without sitting in class:
It can be daunting to think about going to college while trying to juggle everyday life. We understand and we can help, with programs and options aimed at working adults, like:
We have flexible scheduling with accelerated, online, hybrid, evening and part-time options. Plus, you may be able to finish faster by counting your experience, training and knowledge as credit!
Did you know that the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers Child Care Grants? The maximum award is $5200 per eligible child per academic year.
We have several flexible options, including online, hybrid (combines online and in-person), evening and weekend options:
DCTC has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state. Our financial aid advisors can help you apply for financial aid and our Foundation awards over $70,000 in scholarships each fall.
We are here to help, with dedicated advisors who can guide you towards solutions and campus resources to help you succeed!
Consider taking the free College Student Inventory (CSI) to learn more about your strengths and interests.
To help you to plan your next steps, use this resource: STEP AHEAD. The site has 6 sections:
The site reflects a collaboration between Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Your ability to apply for federal student aid can be affected depending on your situation. For more information, see eligibility rules. Other financial aid resources are available.
Adult Student Getting Started Guide
Looking for short-term training options? Check out Skill Up by Minnesota State.