Minnesota State Welcomes Students Back in Fall with Tuition Freeze

Jun 18, 2020 | 8:31 AM

Minnesota State and ATCC are ready to welcome students, both back to campus as well as online, and are greeting them with a freeze on tuition for fall semester.

“The undergraduate tuition freeze for fall semester is a sign of our commitment to affordability and a compelling incentive for students,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “Every one of our 30 colleges and seven universities stands ready to welcome students back fall semester and are prepared to help them achieve their educational goals -- whether they are just starting college, continuing on their educational journey, or going back to school to retool their skills for new job opportunities.”

Tuition at the colleges and universities of Minnesota State is the lowest of all higher education options in Minnesota, starting at approximately $5,000 per year at the 30 Minnesota State colleges and $8,000 a year at the seven state universities – before scholarships or other aid. The move to freeze undergraduate tuition for fall semester will keep rates at the level charged for fiscal year 2020. A 3% tuition increase will go into effect spring semester 2021 to fund inflationary costs and long-term financial and programmatic sustainability.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid pivot to alternative modes of delivery for spring semester, Minnesota State has been adapting its curriculum and preparing its facilities to allow in-person instruction and co-curricular activities to resume. For fall semester, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State will offer a mix of on-campus and online courses reflecting how each institution can best support its students and their success. Plans for fall semester prioritize the safety of students, faculty, and staff; include strategies for learning and campus activities, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols; and will be refined as federal and state guidance changes.

“Thanks to the incredible work of our faculty, our staff, and our students,” said Malhotra, “we have tremendous flexibility to quickly pivot ... should conditions change.”

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