Weather Forecast


Register this week for college classes in Park Rapids

M State

Potential students interested in taking college classes this fall in Park Rapids need to take the final step and register this week.

"We're nearing the deadline and we need people to take the final step and register," said Gary Gauldin, member of the M State Park Rapids task force and board member for the Park Rapids Area School District.

Registration days are Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 1-3.

"The urgency is here," Gauldin said. "This is one of our best opportunities to offer secondary education in Park Rapids."

Interest in the first offering of classes will determine future offerings in Park Rapids.

Financial aid is available for students in the form of grants and loans. Local businesses have been supportive of the M State Park Rapids effort.

Registration days for M State courses in Park Rapids are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Frank White Education Center in Park Rapids.

Walk-in appointments and computers are available to register for the fall semester in just one day.

Bring an official transcript from high school and any colleges attended and a $20 application fee.

Call 218-255-4881 for more information.

A full range of general courses are available, including Introduction to Leadership, Business Communication, Customer Service, Business Law, Intro to Computer, Power and Communications in Human Relations, College Writing 1, Religion in the Humanities and General Psychology. Each class is four credits, and some may require placement by assessment.

Post Secondary Enrollment Option, or PSEO, will hopefully be offered next fall semester, along with several more classes as well as more certificate and diploma options.

Each credit costs $150, therefore each class will cost $450 to attend. All M State classes are transferable to a four-year college.

Classes will be held in the Frank White Education Center in Park Rapids. There will be no parking fees.

There will be grants, student loans and scholarships available to make an education more affordable. Some grants and loans may even cover child-care. A grant for students who have dropped out of college is also available, and will pay for one class as well.

Students who thought they couldn't attend college are sometimes surprised to find that there is financial assistance available.

Doing a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to opening doors for many students by allowing them access to Federal Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, and Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans.

The FAFSA which can be done online at www.FAFSA. will calculate a student's eligibility based on student income, parent income, number living in the household, number in the household attending college at the same time, and any assets the family may have.

Through this calculation it will generate an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) number which will assist colleges in awarding grants or loans to the student based on need.

The FAFSA is the starting point for Federal Financial Aid, however it also sends information to the state that the student indicates as their state of residency.

Once a FAFSA is done a student may apply for other grants and scholarships such as the Minnesota Indian Scholarship, Minnesota Post Secondary Childcare Grants and Federal and State Work Study. FAFSA information is also used in calculating assistance for Vocational Rehabilition services and assistance thru the Minnesota Workforce Center.

A free M State T-shirt will be given away to students who drop off their information form at the Frank White Education Center. Potential students are asked to register as soon as possible to ensure that the class will indeed be filled by the start of the fall semester.

For more information call 218-255-4881 or stop by the Frank White Education Center.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561