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 (second day of class) after all tuition paying students have been accommodated.

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.

Fees for courses taken for credit: $20/credit administrative fee, Minnesota State College Student Association fee, health service fee, parking permit fee, and technology fee.

Fees for courses taken on an audit basis (the audit form must be completed at the time of the registration): health service fee and parking permit fee.

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.

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Approved by: Leadership Council

Effective Date: 3/30/2021

Next Review Date: March 2024

Archive: 5.11.5 Senior Citizens Exemption