Step One: Apply to FDLTCC

Start the application process by clicking “Apply” in the top left corner of the FDLTCC website 

For a paper application please contact or stop by in person to FDLTCC’s Admissions Office.  

Contact Admissions Office

Step Two: Transcripts

Request all your official transcripts from any previous college level courses taken. Including your military training courses.  

Most colleges/universities use a web-based service such as the National Student Clearing House or Parchment for transcript requests. 

If you attended another Minnesota State College, you do not need to request college transcripts. 

View list of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Step Three: Complete the FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 

Apply for government student aid at: 

The FAFSA determines student eligibility for student loans, federal grants, and state grants.  

The FAFSA uses your previous year’s tax records information.  

Learn about applying for financial aid

Visit the FAFSA webpage

Step Four: Scholarships

Scholarships are another great way to help students pay for college. 

FDLTCC provides a list of in-house scholarships which can be viewed on the scholarships page

View FDLTCC scholarships

Veterans can also check out the many military scholarships that are available at and search “scholarships” 

Step Five: Apply for VA Education Benefits/ Federal Tuition Assistance

VA Education Benefits Application

  • Complete and submit the application online. Once the VA receives and processes your application you will receive a letter in the mail from the VA regarding your benefits called a “Certificate of Eligibility” (COE). The COE is what your VA School Certifying Official (SCO) needs to process your enrollment to VA, in order for you to receive your benefits.  
  • Please bring a copy of your COE to Mariah Rozell, Assistant Registrar and VA SCO, in the Records and Registration Office (RM 128). The information from the letter is used to complete the certification each semester. 
  • Get Registered for courses! Keep in mind your VA SCO can only certify courses to the VA that are within your Degree Program Planner. 


To get information on applying for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA), click here:

Applying for FTA

Those with specific questions regarding FTA eligibility should get in contact with their unit’s Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor.

Step Six: Self-Verifying your Enrollment
  • Those who are receiving benefits through MGIB active- duty (Chap. 30), MGIB select ed reserve (Chap. 1606), Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP, Chap. 1607), or the Veteran’s Retraining Program (VRAP) and now Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chap. 33) must self-certify monthly before receiving benefits.  
  • Visit the link below to learn about self-verifying your enrollment monthly via text, phone call, or the W.A.V.E system. 


  • Those receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill® education benefits should self-certify by responding to a monthly text message sent from the VA. 
  • If this option does not work for you, please call the VA at: (888) 442-4551. 
  • Those receiving benefits through the DEA (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance) and are enrolled in a non-college degree program should call (888) 442-4551 to verify. 
  • Please see the W.A.V.E. FAQS at GI Bill® WAVE FAQs | Veterans Affairs ( if you have any questions.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at


It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.

My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.