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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.

*Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education, *2013-2014 tuition and fees. These numbers will be updated when they’re available.

One tuition rate

Minneapolis Community and Technical College welcomes students from all over the world and we don't charge more if you are moving here from another state or country to study with us. 

2015–2016 MCTC tuition and fees

Tuition & Fees General Education Courses *
Online
Courses
*
Nursing Courses
ATCT & Cinema Division Courses
Tuition w/out Fees $ 155.25
$ 179.60
$ 188.35 $ 230.35
MSCSA Fee $ 0.35
$ 0.35
$ 0.35 $ 0.35
Technology Fee $ 10
$ 10
$ 10 $ 10
Student Life Fee $ 5.25
$ 5.25
$ 5.25 $ 5.25
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 $ 178.85 $ 203.20 $ 211.95 $ 253.95


* Some courses or programs 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.

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.

Other costs and fees

In addition to tuition and program costs there are other costs you may need to consider to plan and budget for college. These costs and fees are:

The estimated textbook expense for a full-time student is $450 per semester. However, the actual cost of required books varies by course and individual situations. Many textbooks can be purchased used for a savings. The college bookstore publishes new and used textbook prices by course online. The bookstore arranges for a used book buy-back at the end of each semester which allows students the opportunity to recoup a portion of their book expense (not all titles are re-purchased and rates are determined by market).

Some courses require specific supplies and tools to complete the course. These items vary by course and are typically listed as part of the course description. Additional information is provided on the instructor’s course syllabus. In certain cases, these required supplies and tools can be purchased through the campus bookstore.

General school supplies vary by individual needs, but are an important part of a successful college budget.

Technology considerations such as personal computers, software and internet access vary by individual needs, but warrant consideration as part of your college budget. Include technology access in your plan particularly if you intend to take online courses. However most courses will require some computer access for participation. The technology fee included in the price of your courses provides you with various resources such as computer labs, printing and on-campus wireless internet.   

Transportation needs vary by individual situations, but are an important part of your college budget. You will receive the best prices by pre-paying your transit and parking needs. MCTC partners with Metro Transit to provide the subsidized Go-To College bus pass, additional information available in the campus bookstore. The college-owned parking ramp offers students affordable downtown parking at $2.50 per day (prepaid rate). Metered parking is available on several streets adjacent to campus. Additionally, MCTC is a bike-friendly campus.

Metro Transit
Parking at MCTC
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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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MCTC Honors Scholarship Recipients and Donors at Breakfast

MCTC 2014 Scholarship Breakfast celebration

The MCTC Foundation held its 11th annual Scholarship Breakfast for students who received Foundation scholarships in the last year and the donors who made those scholarships possible. More than 200 students applied for these scholarships, and this year the Foundation will grant more than $300,000 in scholarships.

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