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If you have been out of high school for five years or more and have not completed at least 24 semester or 36 quarter credits you are encouraged to use the freshmen application process. Although an ACT is recommended it is not required. Please submit a personal essay outlining personal and educational goals along with your application for admissions. Your essay can be mailed to the Admissions Office or included in the Special Circumstances portion of the online application.
CIHS is a program for students wishing to earn college credit right at their high school. High schools must be approved by UMC to participate in the program. For information regarding your high school and CIHS courses, contact your high school counselor or principal.
To be eligible, students must meet the following:
Persons may enroll at UMC to take courses not in accordance with a degree program. As a 'Non-degree seeking student,' they are not candidates for a degree but may later apply for degree-seeking status. Admissions criteria are more flexible for non-degree applicants. Every Non-Degree seeking student:
To apply, complete the Non-Degree Seeking Student Application.
At the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC), we recognize the dedication and commitment that home schooling requires. We invite you to apply for admission to our University!
UMC is pleased to be considered a Tier 1 school by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Our admission policies follow the National Center for Home Education's Recommended College Admission Policies. UMC is also a member of Harvest Home Educators.
For home-schooled students who do not have either a high school diploma. the UMC Career Development and Counseling Department offers GED testing for $60.
Students who have completed their high school education through home schooling and are older than the compulsory age of 16 are eligible for financial aid. Residents of Minnesota may be eligible for the MN State Grant in addition to other federal, state and institutional aid.
Minnesota resident students who have not completed their high school education and/or who are 16 years of age or younger will be considered for enrollment as a PSEO (post-secondary enrollment option) student and are not eligible for financial aid.
Home schooled students are eligible for federal student aid for college if they have "completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law" (Section 484(d)(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965). Home schooled students have not been required to take the GED or take an ability-to-benefit test since the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. High school dropouts must take a GED exam or an ability-to-benefit test, but students who have completed a home schooled secondary education that satisfies the requirements of state law do not. For additional information, see Federal Requirements for Home Schoolers Seeking College Admission and Financial Aid, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), September 2006.
Many private scholarships are open to home schooled students. Some scholarships, however, require a high school diploma or GED. If a scholarship requires a high school diploma or GED, ask for a clarification or exception before applying. If you encounter resistance, it can help to point out that in 2005 the winner of the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology's $100,000 scholarship was a 16-year-old home schooled student.
There aren't many scholarships specifically targeted at homeschooled students, other than those sponsored by the Home School Foundation.
Minnesota residents age 62 or older may enroll in UMC courses when space is available after all tuition-paying students have been accommodated, provided they have completed specified prerequisites for the courses they plan to take. Senior citizens pay minimal fees for courses depending on the course and status.
Note: Students with a railroad retirement annuity are eligible at age 60.
December 26, 2014** | Apply Now!
** The application for Fall 2015 will be
available Monday, September 15, 2014.
Student applying for spring term must
submit the application by 5:00 pm CST
on December 26.
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