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Fees Explanation

Fees Assessed with Tuition

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 law requires public colleges to pay costs associated with construction, maintenance and operation of parking facilities. Students are assessed $2.35 per credit. Faculty and staff with over 50% credit load pay $35.25; those under 50% pay $17.63.

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.

MSCSA (Student Association) Fee
A Minnesota State College Student Association fee of $.31 per credit is assessed for student-initiated programs.

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 $20 Minnesota West application fee, you are not required to do so again.

C.N.A. Testing Fee
The State Nurse Aid testing fee is $150.00.

Graduation Fee
The $25.00 graduation fee covers processing costs as well as your diploma and cover.

Incidental Fees
Several smaller fees arise from other non-course related matters such as ID card replacement fees and library fines.

Late Fee
A $30 late fee will be assessed on all accounts that remain unpaid after the due date indicated in the student calendar.

Nursing Entrance Exam
The fee for the Practical Nurse PSB exam is $28.00. The NLN exam fee for ADN students is $75.00

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

Test Out Fee
A test out fee will be assessed when a student tests out of a course through credit by examination. The fee shall be based on the lab/lecture content of the course.

Textbook costs average $600 per term. Books can be purchased at the Bookstore.

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