Opportunity to Join First Year Pilot of Ability to Benefit State Process

The Minnesota State submission to the Ability to Benefit (AtB) State Process to the United States Department of Education is pending. The AtB allows individuals without a high school diploma to access necessary workforce training and education – and to qualify for federal financial aid for postsecondary education.┬áStudents will also be working towards a high school diploma or equivalency.

The anticipated approval or a request for a modified process is expected by August 2022. In the meantime, process implementation and training is being planned. The pilot is to begin with up to eight (8) colleges.

A first step is to know how many campuses are interested in being in a first-year pilot of the State Process. This would include planning to admit students with no high school diploma or equivalent into career pathway programs starting in fall 2022 or spring 2023.

If your campus is interested in being part of the pilot in the first semester of State Process implementation OR interested in implementing the Process one to two semesters after the initial pilot in (spring 2023, fall 2023 or spring 2024), please complete the brief application.

Applications will be reviewed and decisions for participation will be made by May 1, 2022.

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar will be held on April 26th from 2:30-3:30 to talk more about the State Process, other AtB options, helpful resources to implement AtB on campuses, and upcoming professional development for pilot campuses. Register in advance for the informational webinar.

Share with staff and faculty whom you know or anticipate being part of the AtB process, including faculty teaching career pathway programs that are a good fit for this opportunity.


Contact Jess Niebuhr with questions or for a recording of the informational webinar.

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