These are the steps you need to complete to become a Metropolitan College participant. If you have any questions, please contact us.
The Metropolitan College benefit applies only to part-time UPS employees who are actively working as Next Day Air part-time hub, ramp, and freight employees in the Louisville Air District (2265) and whose shifts start between 9:00 PM and 4:00 AM.
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Steps to Complete Right Now
Let us know you are interested in participating in the Metropolitan College program.
Complete the Interest Form to begin receiving important information regarding UPS employment, MC program requirements, benefits, important deadlines, and more. Parents and/or supporters of prospective MC students can also complete the form to keep up to date on important information.
Review the MC eligibility requirements and create an education plan.
Attending JCTC or UofL? We cover both!
However, to utilize MC benefits at the University of Louisville (UofL), If you have less than 60 transferable college credit hours or have not earned an associate degree, you must have at least a 21 composite ACT score (SAT 1060) and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or greater (GED 530) to participate in the UofL MC program. MC strictly adheres to these requirements, so no rounding up! If you do not meet the MC UofL eligibility requirements, you can either attend Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) to participate in the MC program or take advantage of the UPS Earn and Learn program until you reach the 60 transferable hours or have obtained an associate degree.
Steps to Complete Before You Begin Employment at UPS
Get Hired at UPS in a Part-Time,3rd Shift Position in Louisville’s Next Day Air Operation
- Visit upsjobs.com and select "Search Jobs".
- Enter the keyword "Package Handler" and "40213" zip code.
- Apply 30-40 days prior to your desired start date. If "package handler" positions are not available for Louisville, KY, check back periodically for updates.
- Call 502-359-1877 for employment application questions.
You must be actively employed at UPS by the established semester hire-by-dates listed below to receive MC program benefits. These dates are subject to change based on semester hiring needs. Contact a Student Development Counselor at one of our on-campus office locations, to confirm a particular semester hire-by-date.
- February 28 for Spring
- July 1 for Summer
- September 15 for Fall
Note: Apply 30-40 days prior to your desired start date. And, if “Package Handler” positions are not available for Louisville, KY, please check back periodically for updates. For any questions regarding the application process, call 502-359-1877.
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the current academic year FAFSA by going to fafsa.gov. This application is free to complete. If you are asked to pay a fee, check the web address. Student and parent tax information will be needed if you are under 24 years of age, as well as the school code for the school you will be attending (JCTC 006961, UofL 001999).
While MC allows first-time students to provide the FAFSA confirmation page in order to access MC benefits for their first semester in the program, a completed Financial Aid file with the school attending is required for continuation of MC benefits. Learn more about the MC FAFSA requirement or complete the Interactive MC Financial Aid Worksheet to learn how financial aid affects your tuition benefits with Metropolitan College.
Note: You must be a U.S. citizen or federal student aid eligible non-citizen to participate in the Metropolitan College program.
Submit a New or Returning Student Application to JCTC or UofL
Jefferson Community and Technical College Application
You must have a high school diploma or GED to apply. ACT and Compass scores must meet individual program requirements.
Visit jefferson.kctcs.edu/Admissions for JCTC semester application deadlines and/or required fee information.
University of Louisville Application
If you have less than 60 transferable college credit hours or have not earned an associate degree, you must have at least a 21 composite ACT score (1060 SAT) and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or greater (530 GED) to participate in the UofL MC program. MC strictly adheres to this eligibility requirement. If you do not meet the MC UofL eligibility requirements, you can either attend Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) to participate in the MC program or take advantage of the UPS Earn and Learn program until you reach the 60 transferable hours or have obtained an associate degree. Contact a Student Development Counselor to discuss your options.
Visit louisville.edu/admissions/apply for UofL semester application deadlines and/or required fee information.
Note: You may need to reapply for admission, submit HS and/or college transcripts, and resolve any institutional holds preventing registration to enroll in classes.
Get Advised and Register for Classes
- Visit your school's advising office to receive guidance on your class selection.
- New MC students should limit first semester enrollment to 10 credit hours or less.
- New MC students should advocate for late afternoon and/or evening classes that will compliment a night shift work schedule.
- If you have already registered, contact your academic advisor to adjust your schedule ASAP.
- Since you will be working year-round, plan on taking classes during the summer semester. Talk to your academic advisor about incorporating summer classes into your academic plan.
- Once you have demonstrated success working at nights and completing 10 credit hours, you may increase your course load to full-time.
Note: To make the adjustment to night shift and college work easier, beginning fall 2019, new MC students who limit first semester enrollment to 10 credit hours or less will be eligible for payment for courses completed with a D grade during the first semester only.
Understand Your Payment Options Based on Your First Date of Employment
When you register for classes, you are responsible for the tuition bill at JCTC or UofL. It is important that you know the tuition deadline when you register for classes.
As a prospective MC student, your options for tuition payment are as follows:
If your first day of employment is BEFORE the tuition deadline and you have completed all checklist items you should sign a MC agreement and pay fees* and/or uncovered tuition costs** on or before the payment deadline.
If your first day of employment is AFTER the tuition deadline you must pay your tuition by your school’s tuition deadline and then sign your agreement by the MC Student Agreement semester deadlines (October 15 for fall, March 15 for spring, August 1 for summer) to be eligible for reimbursement. You typically have two payment options:
- Pay your tuition, fees, and uncovered tuition costs in full.
- Contact your institution to determine if you are eligible to enter into a payment plan.
*Fees not covered by Metropolitan College include, but are not limited to: housing, student recreation fee, meal plan, health fee, course fees, lab fees, Build Smart Fees, parking fees, etc.
**Tuition costs not covered by Metropolitan College include, but are not limited to: All or a part of UofL on-line course tuition, undergraduate tuition which is charged at a rate higher than the in-state per credit hour course fee, etc.
After You Begin Employment at UPS
Complete Employment Verification to Confirm Eligibility to Receive MC Benefits
We need to verify that you’re working at UPS, in the correct position, and get some basic information from you. Employment will be verified within 5 business days after submitting the online form. Once you are verified, you will receive an email to complete the Student Transition Program (STP).
Complete the Student Transition Program (STP)
New MC students ONLY, must complete the STP, which is a series of online modules that provide program information and campus resources.
- Log in to My MC. (Access to the MyMC Page is granted after employment verification is complete)
- Select “STP” under the CAPP Requirements section.
- You will need to complete each online module, being sure to print the TypeFocus Assessment Results report, the High Five Financial Basics Completion Page, and the STP Confirmation Page to bring with you to sign your first student agreement.
Sign Your MC Student Agreement
All checklist items must be complete to sign your student agreement at one of the MC on-campus offices. New MC students must visit the office Monday - Thursday, 9AM - 12PM to sign the first agreement. Arrival after 12PM will result in longer wait times.
A photo ID (i.e. student, UPS, or government issued) is required to discuss specific student account information, including financial aid, tuition balance, enrollment status, etc., in all Metro College offices. General information may be provided if an ID is not presented.
Enroll in the MC High Five Program and Meet with a Financial Coach
Not only will you graduate debt-free with MC, we want you to grow your wealth while you are in school! MC has teamed up with Commonwealth Credit Union to provide you with financial tools and resources to make the most of your MC benefits and bonus money!
Go to your MyMC Page, click on High Five Program under Quick Links, and schedule an appointment with your Financial Coach to begin the money management conversation today!