Student Resources

Your success is our top priority at Minnesota State

Below is just a sampling of some of the resources our campuses offer students at any time during their academic years. For specific information, contact the college or university you wish to attend.

Accessibility Services

Many students with physical and learning disabilities choose Minnesota State. Buildings are accessible, and many accommodations are available to help students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, speak with the accessibility coordinator at the college or university you want to attend.

Advising, Career Planning, and Counseling

Advising services help students with course scheduling, long-term academic planning, career exploration and placement assistance after graduation. On some campuses, students have the opportunity to attend workshops on such topics as study skills, time management, career choices, general studies requirements and academic success. Counseling services also are available on many campuses, offering confidential help in resolving personal, social and educational concerns. Students and their advisors have access to Minnesota State Student Planner which is a set of resources that help them plan and achieve their educational goals.


Childcare is available right on campus at most state colleges and universities and financial aid is available for those who qualify. Courses offered at night and on weekends make it easier for students who are parents to work and go to school. Many campuses have special orientation programs for non-traditional students, designed specifically to meet the needs of students who have been away from education for several years or who are older than traditional students and may have families of their own.


Six of the seven Minnesota four-year state universities offer on-campus housing and meal plans for students. Room and board rates vary depending on the number of people sharing a room and the number of meals desired. Some two-year state colleges offer housing options, either on campus or nearby. For more specific information about housing opportunities, contact the college or university you wish to attend.

Health Care and Insurance

Many state colleges and universities have health services available to students. Every student is encouraged to have health/medical insurance coverage. For more specific information regarding available health services, contact the college or university you are interested in attending.

Open Educational Resources

Minnesota State promotes textbook affordability for students at Minnesota State colleges and universities by supporting and facilitating the adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials. We strive to do through faculty development, adequate resources, and grants. 

Student Basic Needs

Our students are people first, and their lives are complex — the colleges and universities of Minnesota State are here to support students through every step of their educational journey. Students face challenges that make progress towards their academic goals difficult, including mental health, grief and loss, housing and food insecurity, as well as challenges related to child and family care, transportation, and access to technology. Minnesota State is committed to help students access basic needs support and resources.

Studying Abroad

An extraordinary opportunity available to Minnesota State students is the chance to study abroad or off-campus for an exceptional value. There are a plethora of programs and projects with educational opportunities which can be an extremely life-enriching experience.

Taxes & Payroll

As a student of Minnesota State, you may qualify for educational tax benefits or credits. Minnesota State provides the 1098-T form which can assist you with filing for these benefits/credits. This web section will provide you with information on U.S. Federal and state income taxes in Minnesota. The information contained on this webpage does not substitute for advice obtained from the Internal Revenue Service or a qualified tax professional.


While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education,TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. TRIO includes six outreach and support programs to assist low-income, first-generation college students. The programs also serve students with disabilities by helping them successfully progress from middle school to the post-baccalaureate level.

Veterans Services

Admissions offices at system institutions provide veterans with education and career information and will assist veterans who wish to access campus services, state and federal services and other resources that assist veterans with the re-integration process.