Apply Now. Complete the online application and provide any required documentation. Students are accepted into the program on a first-come, first-serve basis. See our Eligibility Requirements below for information about required documentation. Note: Admission to the program is not automatic. Completed applications will be evaluated for eligibility and space in the program. If admitted, you will be contacted about the next steps to begin your involvement with TRIO Starting Point.
Complete the Starting Point orientation. Find out all about TRIO history and our program services and requirements in one session. Once this is complete, you will be contacted to make an appointment with your new TRIO Starting Point advisor.
Meet with your assigned TRIO Starting Point advisor. During this session, you will be able to talk with your new advisor about your goals, questions & needs and discuss how our program can help you do your best.
Get involved! Once you have met with your TRIO Starting Point advisor, you will be able to take advantage of our services and activities. They are here for you!
Be currently accepted or enrolled at Minneapolis College
Plan to graduate from Minneapolis College and/or transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree
Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
To qualify, you must demonstrate an academic need and have one of the following requirements:
Low-income individual (see details below)
First Generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
Have a disability
You must be at or above the following course levels:
Writing: ENGL 0900 or ESOL 0041
Reading: READ 0100 or ESOL 0042
You are ineligible for the program if you are:
Close to graduating and/or transferring
Applying soon or in the nursing program
Have a previous degree
Family Income Levels
A “low-income individual” is an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount –The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The 2021 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 13, 2021. Federal Register notice was published February 1, 2021.
(Effective January 13, 2021 until further notice)
Size of Family Unit | Income in lower 48 States* | Alaska Income | Hawaii Income
1 | \$19,320 | \$24,135 | \$22,230
2 | \$26,130 | \$32,655 | \$30,060
3 | \$32,940 | \$41,175 | \$37,890
4 | \$39,750 | \$49,695 | \$45,720
5 | \$46,560 | \$58,215 | \$53,550
6 | \$53,370 | \$66,735 | $61,380
7 | \$60,180 | \$75,255 | \$69,210
8 | \$66,990 | \$83,775 | \$77,040
For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,810 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,520 for Alaska; and $7,830 for Hawaii.
*includes the District of Columbia and Outlying Jurisdictions