There will be no classes and all campus service offices will be closed Friday, Feb. 27 for an all-staff development day. The campus will resume normal hours on Monday, March 2.

Paying for College

MCTC Works!

Find out how MCTC can work for you.

  • Find jobs
  • Increase your earning power
  • Save thousands on tuition
  • Transfer credits easily

Join us for our open house:
Tuesday, April 7
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

A High-Quality,
Affordable Education.

Compare and see for yourself.

Tuition at MCTC is significantly lower than tuition at most other colleges and universities, and MCTC has worked to hold tuition rates down. When you start at a two-year college like MCTC, you can save thousands of dollars on the cost of a four-year education.

By attending MCTC for one academic year, you could save more than $20,000.

Compare 30 semester credits (or 45 quarter credits) at MCTC with other colleges and universities in your community.

*Information based on 2012-2013 tuition data from

Accessible and affordable education

Tuition at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is lower than tuition at most other colleges, universities and trade schools because the state of Minnesota pays a portion of the cost of your education if you are a state resident. For every dollar you pay in tuition, the state of Minnesota pays $1.02 to support your education. The college cost comparison chart includes tuition and fees information for public and private colleges and universities throughout Minnesota.

One tuition rate

Minneapolis Community and Technical College has one tuition rate regardless of residency.

2014–2015 MCTC tuition and fees

Tuition & Fees General Education Courses *
Nursing Courses
ATCT & Cinema Division Courses
Tuition w/out Fees $ 155.25
$ 179.60
$ 188.35 $ 230.35
MSCSA Fee $ 0.31
$ 0.31
$ 0.31 $ 0.31
Technology Fee $ 10
$ 10
$ 10 $ 10
Student Life Fee $ 4.75
$ 4.75
$ 4.75 $ 4.75
Health Services Fee $ 2.50
$ 2.50
$ 2.50 $ 2.50
Student Center Fee $ 5.50 $ 5.50 $ 5.50 $ 5.50
Total Tuition with Fees $ 178.31 $ 202.66 $ 211.41 $ 253.41

* Some courses have a tuition differential due to higher costs associated with the curriculum. If applicable to your registration, these costs are listed on your online bill in eServices.

Tuition reciprocity agreements

MCTC is one of twenty-three state colleges and universities that allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state tuition rate. More information on tuition reciprocity agreements can be found here.

Tuition rates for senior citizens

Beginning the second day of the term, discounted tuition is offered on a space available basis to senior citizens who are Minnesota residents and 62 years of age (seniors who wish to register for a short-term course may register on the day the course begins). After registering, you may apply for a discounted tuition rate of $20 per credit at Business Services (T.2700). You are required to pay any per credit fees as well as applicable course fees.

Seniors who meet the above criteria and choose to audit the above courses may apply to have the tuition and fees waived. After completing your registration, change the grade method to “audit” and go to Business Services (T.2700) to request the tuition and fee waiver.

Seniors who register before the second day of the term or before the first day of a short-term course are not eligible for a discounted rate or waiver.

Is College Worth the Cost?

Liberal Arts / General Education

An op-ed piece in the Star Tribune discusses a recent report from the Pew Research Center showing the earnings gap between those with and without a college education is widening.

"Among 25- to 32-year-olds, the average annual income of college grads working full time is $17,500 more than those whose formal education ended with high school, Pew reported. College grads also are more likely to be working and more satisfied in their jobs. Those disparities “have never been greater in the modern era,” the report said.

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