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Welcome to the Minnesota Nontraditional Student Page - providing help and support for all nontraditional students living in Minnesota.

Are you a nontraditional student in Minnesota? Or do you help nontrads? You have come to the right place.

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Schools with Nontraditional Student Support

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Here are some older links and information about Nontraditional Student support in this state. There may still be some clues here to help you find help and support at your school. Please pardon any links that no longer work. They will soon be deleted or fixed this year (2015).

Ridgewater College (Willmar and Hutchinson) is a community and technical college in Minnesota.

They offer a special Nontraditional Student page that is here: http://www.ridgewater.mnscu.edu/Future-Students/Student-Services/Nontraditional-Students.cfm

Their Connections service offers events and activities just for nontraditional students. They encourage networking between nontraditional students.

They also have a flash movie on the page showing nontraditional careers for women.

The Hutchinson campus offers child care, too.

Potential students have two email addresses that they can contact for more information.

NEW - Here are some stories from nontraditional students from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College has this page for nontraditional students to get ready for school. They also give credit for prior learning.

Minnesota State University at Mankato has this page explaining what they offer to nontraditional students. Their support includes a Nontraditional Student Center at CSU 173. This Center has office space, computers, and a lounge. The University also offers workshops, Community Connections, support, and family events. This sounds great! There are also link pages for campus resources, community resources, an Events Calendar which includes special classes just for nontraditional students, and a Nontraditional Student Leadership Team page. (I know right now I would definitely give Minnesota State University a try as a nontrad. They are trying hard to reach out to nontraditional students.) They also have an easy-to-use Contact Page.

Check below for special nontraditional student scholarships from this University too.

The University of Minnesota at Duluth has a page called Continuing Education listing the special advising services they offer nontraditional students.

The Prime Time/Plus 50 page at Century College explains how this college is geared towards older, nontraditional students and students of all ages too. This site tells you what courses you may need when going back to school. Plus, they offer short and long-term courses to help older students' careers. Some examples are Computers, Business, Healthcare, and Transportation, and Certification classes. They offer on-site day care at the campus too. Both online and on campus courses are available. Century College is located at White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Minnesota Scholarship Resources and other Minnesota Nontrad links

Scholarships and Grants in Minnesota for Nontraditional Students

Minnesota State University at Mankato offers financial aid and scholarships to nontraditional students. Check this page or details.

The University of Minnesota Morris Donor-funded Scholarships for nontraditional students can be applied for after January 1st of each year.Find out more here.

Here is a page listing scholarships for the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.

Be sure to check the Scholarship Links pages One and Two right here on the Nontrad site for some quality, free scholarship links.

Good luck finding money for your educational journey.

The Online Education Database (OEDb) has a special web page listing Minnesota College Grants. One is a Child Care Grant program. Check it out here: List of Minnesota College Grants.

And here is an index of Minnesota's College Financial Aid Programs form the CollegeScholarships.org site.

Articles about Nontraditional Students in Minnesota

From the UMNews: A student parent finds success by Susan Warfield

More resources for Nontraditional Students in Minnesota

The LearnMore MN blog - this is a blog about student success in Minnesota.

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We are currently compiling a list for students so that everyone will be able to join a Non-traditional student group when they go back to school, and also access quality scholarship and grant information.

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