Minnesota State College Southeast has launched the College Opportunity Program, a 3-year pilot program that will ensure access to a college education at Minnesota State College Southeast to every eligible student graduating from a Winona high school or homeschool program.
Every student who lives in the Winona Area Public Schools district and graduates from high school between 2023 and 2025 will have access to a tuition-free college education at Minnesota State College Southeast. Students can enroll in any program offered by the college in Winona, Red Wing, or online.
Starting this fall, the College Opportunity Program will cover students’ full cost of tuition and fees and provide a stipend for books, supplies and tools. Winona students graduating in 2023 and 2024 will receive two years (up to 70 credits) at MSC Southeast plus $500 per year towards the cost of books, tools, supplies and materials – up to $1000 per student.
Because the program is currently funded through 2026, students who graduate in 2025 will be eligible for one year of college (up to 35 credits) at MSC Southeast and a $500 stipend.
Students can earn a certificate, diploma, or degree from any program taught at MSC Southeast, and will graduate career-ready or prepared to transfer onward to a four-year institution.