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No matter where you are in life, you are college material.

Get your degree by earning credits for the skills and knowledge you already have: the perfect solution for busy adults.

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Your knowledge may equal credits

Your knowledge and experience are valuable and could translate to college credit! Find out how by completing this survey. Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes or less.

Prior learning is different from transferring previously earned college credits. Learn more about transferring credits to Inver Hills Community College.

Inver Hills Ranked #12 Nationally for Adult Learners

Inver Hills was ranked as one of the best schools for Adult Learners in the country by Washington Monthly magazine. Read more about it on the Washington Monthly website.

No matter where you are in life, you are college material.

Now is the time!

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The idea of "going back to college" can seem overwhelming. That's why we are here to help you succeed! We offer great support for adult learners, including:

Is this what's stopping you?

You've changed since the last time – a lot of adult students find that they approach school differently the second time around. You’ve got more life experience now and probably have an even more clear sense of why you are coming to school than you did the first time. In fact, adult students often have a higher GPA than traditional age students. We also offer academic renewal which provides you an opportunity to establish a new GPA. Your counselor can help you determine if this would benefit you.

We have also changed! We offer online tutoring, more online classes, and a dedicated adult advisor as supports that might not have been in place the last time you were in school.

If you have already earned 15 college level credits and it has been at least 2 years since you attended, then you may qualify for the MN Reconnect Program. You'll have access to a dedicated navigator who will provide support throughout your journey, access to additional scholarship funds – up to $1,000 per semester – and funds to help remove financial holds if they are preventing you from enrolling. See if you qualify!

You will not be alone! Over one third of our students are considered "non-traditional" over the age of 25. They are balancing school, work, family and life, just like you!

Our campus welcomes seniors who want to take classes! In fact, seniors can take a class and pay no tuition! (Applies to credit classes only). Learn more here.

A degree may be closer than you think! Here are all the different ways you can earn credit towards your degree without sitting in class:

  • Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) also known as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Work with faculty to evaluate your experience, training and knowledge
  • Military training and transcripts
  • Previous college credits earned here or at another college
  • Standardized tests (CLEP, DSST, AP Exams)
  • Credit by examination (professional, written, or oral)
  • Credit for licenses or certifications
  • Pre-determined credit for training and certifications

It can be daunting to think about going to college while trying to juggle everyday life. We understand and we can help, with programs and options aimed at working adults, like:

We have flexible scheduling with accelerated, online, hybrid (combines in-person and online), evening and part-time options. Plus, you may be able to finish faster by counting your experience, training and knowledge as credit!

Did you know that the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers Child Care Grants? The maximum award is $5200 per eligible child per academic year.

We offer flexible scheduling with an array of options to choose from, including accelerated, in-person, online, hybrid (combines in-person and online), evening and part-time options. In fact, you can earn your A.A. degree taking only online courses or only evening courses! All Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas are available with courses offered in the evening and online. Talk to your advisor to learn more!

Inver Hills has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state. Our financial aid advisors can help you apply for financial aid and our Foundation awards about $164,000 in scholarships each year.

We are here to help, with dedicated advisors who can guide you towards solutions and campus resources to help you succeed!

Knowledge is power. Learn more about yourself and your educational goals.

  • Strong Interest Inventory Assessment
    • Learn if your educational path and career choice are right for you
    • Identify your work personality by exploring your interests and work style preferences
    • Contact a counselor to take the inventory

Plan you next steps with STEP AHEAD. The site has 6 sections:

  1. Assess Yourself
  2. Explore Careers
  3. Create a Plan & Set Goals
  4. Expand Skills
  5. Find a Job
  6. Manage Your Career

STEP AHEAD reflects a collaboration between Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Your ability to apply for federal student aid can be affected depending on your situation. For more information, see eligibility rules. Other financial aid resources are available.

Make it happen! Finish that degree, because you are college material!


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