Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, alerts prospective college-bound students to the new Minnesota Office of Higher Education planning application.
The application is available through Facebook or as a mobile app that can be used on phones and tablets. The application will give students a toolkit to explore college options and manage the tasks associated with preparing for and applying to college.
The College Planner lets students browse Minnesota colleges and universities profiles, sorted by size, location, price and major. It can help them set up campus visits and track their favorites.
The Task List helps them start planning and staying on track as early as eighth grade. They will be reminded of upcoming events, such as ACT testing dates and when to fill out the FAFSA, and can follow appropriate timelines for when they need to have pieces of their applications completed.
This mobile site has been designed for students, giving them the ability to have some control and help with their own college planning. For example, the planner will guide them as to what classes they should be taking in high school to meet the entrance guidelines for their dream career, which can help keep their goals realistic and focused.
“The college application process can be confusing and complicated,” said Ruud. “I applaud the Office of Higher Education for helping make this critical information easily available. This new app will allow students and families to make informed decisions about their higher education future.”
To begin using the web application, a student can visit the website www.mncollegeplanner.com on a cell phone and download the College Planner. The Minnesota College Planner mobile site and associated data resides on a secure server to maintain the privacy of the student.