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Paying for College

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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. 

2017–2018 MCTC tuition and fees

Tuition & Fees General Education Courses *
Nursing Courses
Aircraft Technician & Cinema 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 $ 10.00
$ 10.00
$ 10.00 $ 10.00
Student Life Fee $ 5.25
$ 5.25
$ 5.25 $ 5.25
Health Services Fee $ 3.50
$ 3.50
$ 3.50 $ 3.50
Student Center Fee $ 5.50 $ 5.50 $ 5.50 $ 5.50
Total Tuition with Fees $ 179.85 $ 204.20 $ 212.95 $ 254.95

* 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.

Tuition rates for senior citizens

If you are 62 years old or older and a Minnesota resident, you may audit courses free or take courses for credit at a significantly reduced price if space is available on or after the second day of the term.

Registrations processed prior to the second day are offered for full price. Additionally, it is not permissible to request free or reduced fees if you register early (to hold a seat) and then drop and re-register after the second day. Visit Ask Us to learn more about the tuition rate for senior citizens or to navigate the senior citizen tuition policy.

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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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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