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Fees Explanation

Fees Assessed with Tuition - For current rates, see tuition and fees.

MSCSA (Student Association) Fee
A Minnesota State College Student Association fee is assessed as authorized by Minnesota Statute §136F.22 and in accordance with Board Policy 3.7.

Parking/Access Fee
A parking/access fee is assessed on a per credit basis. The proceeds from this fee are used to upgrade and maintain the college parking facilities. Minnesota Statute §136F.67 requires public colleges to pay costs associated with construction, maintenance and operation of parking facilities. Students are assessed a fee per credit. Faculty and staff with a work assignment of at least 50% pay the per credit rate X 15; those with a work assignment of under 50% will pay ½ of this calculated charge.

Student Life Fee
A per credit student life fee provides for campus Student Senates activites and programs for the cultural, social, and the physical enhancement of students. Activites might include athletics, campus intramural sports and recreation, music ensembles, student leadership and development, Student Senate, theater, etc. The Student Senate sets the student life fee each year with the approval of the President.

Technology Fee
A technology fee is also charged to students on a per credit basis. The proceeds from the technology fee are used for the acquisition, upgrading and/or maintenance of technology for academic and student support activities that provide or enhance student access to technology. Academic and student support activities include but are not limited to technology infrastructure, computer labs, wireless networks, ongoing technology support, and software licensing.

Other Fees

Application Fee
A $20 non-refundable fee is due upon application. If you have previously paid the Minnesota West application fee, you are not required to do so again.

Credit for Prior Learning
Minnesota West may grant college credits to students for work, education, and life experiences. The various opportunities available and related fees can be found on the Alternative Methods of Earning Credit page of the college website.

Graduation Fee
The $25.00 graduation fee includes participation in the graduation ceremony as well as the cost of the diploma and cover. The application for graduation can be found on the Registration and Records page of the college website.

Late Fee
A $30 late fee will be assessed on all unpaid accounts or accounts that have had no arrangements for payment made by the designated due date. This fee shall be assessed to all students and employees of the college who have an outstanding balance due.

NSF Fee
A $15 fee will be assessed when a check is returned to the college by the bank.

Payment Plan Fee
A payment plan fee of $30 will be charged for all internal payment plans.

Personal Property and Service Charges
Personal property charges are for items that become the personal property of a student and have an educational or personal value beyond the classroom. Services charges shall be for services for or on the behalf of the student. These fees include, but are not limited to ID card replacements, library fines, special testing and course-related travel costs.

Senior Citizen Fee
Minnesota West shall charge an administrative fee in lieu of tuition to senior citizens pursuant to Minnesota Statues §135A.51 and §135A.52.

Special Event Fee
Minnesota West may charge students for special campus events including seminars, workshops, special orientations, enrichment events, concerts, convocations, ceremonies such as graduation and athletic events. Promotional material regarding any special events will include any fee associated with attendance or participation.

Transcript Fee
A fee will be assessed for each official transcript to cover costs. See transcript request for details.