Why This Matters


    College Navigator reports that in Minnesota, there are 37 schools with 2-year associate degree programs.


    According to College Board, Minnesota students in a 2-year associate degree program paid an average of $5,638 in tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year.


    The National Center of Education Statistics states that 437,899 students in 2-year community colleges received financial aid during the 2018-19 school year.

Our Research

To create a comprehensive list of the learning opportunities and job training available in Minnesota, we reviewed private and public community colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. Our review criteria includes but isn’t limited to course format, credits needed to graduate, and amount of tuition. Some of the programs are online, some are on-campus, and there are some with a blended format for students who want the best of both worlds.

When selecting colleges for this list, we also looked at accreditations. All the institutions are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is a regional organization that accredits in 19 states. Factors for accreditation include ethics and responsible conduct, quality teaching, proper evaluation and improvement, and general institutional effectiveness.

  • 41hours to write this article
  • 47universities and colleges we assessed
  • 96education programs we compared

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in Minnesota

When choosing a community college, it’s important to consider your degree’s career outlook by considering factors such as earning potential, job openings, and job decline. There are numerous high-paying options for individuals with an associate degree in Minnesota. Graduates of a two-year associate program can earn $72.80 as an air traffic controller. The second-highest paying job for two-year graduates is funeral home managers, followed closely by nuclear medicine technologists, MRI technologists, and radiation therapists.

The careers for associate degree graduates that have the most openings in Minnesota span a range of industries. Preschool teachers are in the highest demand, followed by paralegals, human resources assistants, and dental hygienists. If you’re interested in a tech career, computer network support specialists are also high on the list.

Desktop publishers and mechanical drafters are two associate-level careers with the highest rate of declining employment. Others include avionics technicians and broadcast technicians. Knowing which industries have fewer jobs can help you choose a two-year community college program that’s right for you.

What’s Next?

Part of your research on community colleges in Minnesota should include financial aid. Here are three state and federal resources that you can use to find Minnesota financial aid for associate degree students.

  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, students can find financial aid information. There’s a financial aid estimator and links to financial aid applications, along with articles and videos on paying for college.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students receive an estimated $120 billion in financial aid each year from the U.S. Department of Education. Types of assistance include loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. Complete your FAFSA form to apply or visit the FAFSA4caster to find out whether or not you’re eligible.
  • CareerOneStop. This resource from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can direct you to grants and scholarships in Minnesota. The information can be filtered by your state and the degree level you’re interested in.