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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Minnesota State Community and Technical College is $4,821 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 36% more expensive than the national average public two year college tuition of $3,532. The cost is 16% cheaper than the average Minnesota tuition of $5,762 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 19th in Minnesota amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 16th most expensive 2 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $514 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $5,335.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $6,724 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Fergus Falls should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,960.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,800 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,800 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to M State was $16,819 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Minnesota residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Minnesota State Community and Technical College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Estimated Budgets
Minnesota Resident Total Budget $16,819
   In-State Tuition$4,821
   Other Fees$514
   Room and Board$6,724
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,800
   Books and Supplies$1,960

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $16,819 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported M State net price for in-state students is $11,017* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

61% of Minnesota State Community and Technical College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,998. 51 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $3,872. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,017*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid61%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,998
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants51%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,872

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$9,866
$30,001 to $48,000$10,065
$48,001 to $75,000$12,145
$75,001 to $110,000$14,408
$110,000+$14,718

Average Financial Aid Mix - $16,819 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $16,819. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

29%
37%
35%

Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $3,998

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Minnesota State Community and Technical College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 37% - $5,151

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $4,870

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Minnesota State Community and Technical College
North Dakota State College of Science13.1% less expensive
Alexandria Technical & Community College0.1% less expensive
Sisseton Wahpeton College22.2% less expensive
Central Lakes College Brainerd1% less expensive
Ridgewater College7.1% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at M State is $33,638 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $10,578 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $21,156**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Minnesota Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,410
Minnesota Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,410

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Minnesota State Community and Technical College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Price per credit hour$161
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$483
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$644

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 66% of Minnesota State Community and Technical College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,151.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Minnesota State Community and Technical College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $21,156, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $26,249.74. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 61% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,578. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Minnesota State Community and Technical College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$218.75
Amount Borrowed$21,156.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$5,093.74
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$26,249.74

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend M State? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Minnesota State Community and Technical College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $26,249.74 would be needed to afford a $218.75 monthly payment in the example $21,156.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Minnesota State Community and Technical College in the future? Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 2 year cost of $33,638.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$22,002$44,005
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$28,081$56,163
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $35,840$71,679
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $41,489$82,978

Tuition History

What was tuition at M State five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase
2012$4,6625%
2011$4,439-10.5%
2010$4,9611.7%
2009$4,877-3.1%
2008$5,0344.3%
2007$4,8263.5%
2006$4,6625.2%
2005$4,43313.4%
2004$3,91011.1%
2003$3,51810.2%
2002$3,19115.1%
2001$2,7737.3%
2000$2,5854.4%
1999$2,4756.2%
1998$2,3302.2%
1997$2,2803.8%
1996$2,1967%
1995$2,0528.2%
1994$1,8975.4%
1993$1,8005.6%
1992$1,7048.4%
1991$1,5727.4%
1990$1,464

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Minnesota State Community and Technical College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 329 24% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 139 17% cheaper
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Associate's Degree 107 17% cheaper
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 33 9% cheaper
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree 28 12% cheaper
Lineworker Associate's Degree 27 5% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 26 20% cheaper
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 26 25% cheaper
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 24 9% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 23 14% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 18 12% cheaper
Construction Management Associate's Degree 18 14% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 18 14% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 16 7% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 15 12% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 13 17% cheaper
Information Technology Associate's Degree 12 13% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 12 10% cheaper
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 10 11% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 10 11% cheaper
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 10 14% cheaper
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 10 10% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 10 22% cheaper
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 15% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 8 9% cheaper
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 8% cheaper
Carpentry/Carpenter Associate's Degree 6 10% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 5 41% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 5 12% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 5 24% cheaper
Plumbing Technology/Plumber Associate's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 3 10% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Associate's Degree 3 4% cheaper
Equestrian/Equine Studies Associate's Degree 2 26% cheaper
Telecommunications Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Music, General Associate's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary Associate's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Nanotechnology Associate's Degree 1 4% costlier
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Associate's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 1 14% cheaper

Calculators

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About Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Minnesota State Community and Technical College is a two year community college located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  Full time enrollment is 2,581 and part time is 3,735.  Minnesota State Community and Technical College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about Minnesota State Community and Technical College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Address
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
56537-1000

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Minnesota State Community and Technical College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=173559 IPEDS survey data.