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If you are a resident of Wisconsin, North Dakota, or South Dakota, you may qualify for reciprocity tuition rates, which are lower than nonresident tuition rates and, in some cases, comparable to resident rates.

Application Procedures

Some students must apply for tuition reciprocity benefits. You should apply for benefits as soon as you know which college you want to attend to ensure the correct fee is charged during class registration. Applications received after the last day of a term will only apply to subsequent terms. There is no application fee.

Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity

Wisconsin residents who enroll in Minnesota institutions may go to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for reciprocity information. Or you can apply online at the State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board.

Minnesota-North Dakota Reciprocity

North Dakota residents who enroll in a Minnesota technical college must apply for tuition reciprocity through the North Dakota Board for Vocational Education. All other North Dakota residents must apply at the North Dakota Board of Higher Education located on the 10th floor of the state capitol building in Bismarck, ND 58505, or you can apply online at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Minnesota-South Dakota Reciprocity

South Dakota residents who enroll in a Minnesota public, post-secondary institution must apply for tuition reciprocity through the South Dakota Board of Regents Reciprocity Program, Box 2201, University Station, Brookings, South Dakota 57007. For more information visit the South Dakota Board of Regents, or the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Tuition Reciprocity

Tuition reciprocity gives you the opportunity to attend a broader range of public, post-secondary educational institutions in neighboring states, without having to meet higher non-resident admission standards. As a reciprocity student, you also do not have to pay non-resident tuition fees.

All public post-secondary educational institutions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba have statewide tuition reciprocity including:

  • Iowa Lakes Community College (campuses at Estherville and Emmetsburg)
  • Manitoba, Canada
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (campuses at Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, and Worthington)
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

In addition:

  • All undergraduate and graduate programs of study are available to reciprocity students.
  • Professional programs of study are available to reciprocity students in the Minnesota/North Dakota and Minnesota/South Dakota agreements.
  • The Minnesota/Wisconsin agreement excludes Minnesota and Wisconsin students enrolled in the professional programs of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities or Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Madison or Milwaukee.

Resident Tuition

To be eligible for in-state tuition, you must be a Minnesota resident for at least one year prior to applying to Century College (see 2.2.0.1 Determination of Minnesota residency) College policy.

In-state tuition is determined upon application to the college. If, after one year, you wish to petition for in-state tuition, complete the Century College Petition for resident Tuition Rates form.