MnSCU awarded grant to encourage former students to re-enroll and earn degrees

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Foundation has received an $800,000 grant to encourage former students to re-enroll and complete their two- or four-year degrees as part of a new program to raise college completion rates in Minnesota.

The grant from t he Lumina Foundation for Education will fund the Returning Adults to Progress in Degree Completion Program, also known as RAPID Completion. The four-year grant enables the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to conduct a statewide outreach campaign that will offer information on how students can complete degrees in a timely manner. Options include taking online courses, enrolling in accelerated programs with flexible start dates and receiving course credits for work experience.

About 160,000 former students who attended a system college or university in the last 10 years and already have 15 or more college credits have been identified through system records.

New or returning MnSCU students can find information about program options by calling 800-456-8519.

This information was provided by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.