5.11.5 Senior Citizens Exemption

Minnesota Statute 135A.52 provides for an exemption from tuition and activity fees for senior citizens (62 years of age) who are legal residents of the State of Minnesota. A senior citizen may attend courses offered for credit, audit any courses offered for credit, or enroll in any noncredit courses when space is available after all tuition paying students have been accommodated. The System office defines space available as the second day of class.

Procedure

Senior citizens may register for a course during the drop/add period the day after the first day the class meets. The student must communicate with the Registrar's Office staff, provide proof of age and complete the audit form, if necessary.

A senior citizen who is enrolled must pay any materials, personal property, or service charges for the course.

Courses taken for credit: $20/credit administrative fee, Minnesota State College student association fee, health service fee, parking permit fee and technology fee will be charged.

Courses taken on an audit basis (the audit form must be completed at the time of the registration): health service fee, and parking permit will be charged.

Courses offered as closed enrollment (course that requires a student to be in a specific major before they are eligible to enroll): normal tuition and fees, with the exception of the student life fee, will be charged.

If the course is full and the faculty teaching the course agrees to allow the senior citizen into the course, normal tuition and fees, with the exception of the student life fee, will be charged.

This exemption does not apply to noncredit courses designed exclusively for senior citizens. A senior citizen enrolled in closed enrollment contract training or professional continuing education program is not eligible for the exemption and must pay the regular tuition charge for the course.

Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 12/11/12
Last Date Revised: 12/07/12