Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State Waive Application Fee for All or Part of October

Posted: September 17, 2020

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., September 17, 2020 – For a limited time, prospective students can apply for admission to any of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State without paying an undergraduate application fee. The offer is part of Minnesota State Week and College Knowledge Month – promotions that are both intended to encourage students to take the first steps in their higher education journey.

“During these challenging times, it is more important than ever for students to stay on track for their educational goals,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “Through Minnesota State Week, we are encouraging every prospective student to learn more about the many educational options available to them, and in particular, the extraordinary value offered by the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.”

“Minnesota State Week” is a promotion that has been held in June for the past two years, but is for the first time being added to the line-up for October to drive student awareness and virtual and in-person campus visits, as appropriate. Fall Minnesota State Week will be held October 12 – 16 to coincide with MEA week and the many admissions events happening at the colleges and universities in mid-October. The week will feature special statewide promotional programs and a social media campaign.

“College Knowledge Month” is a statewide college application initiative that occurs annually during the month of October. The goal is to provide graduating high school seniors, especially underrepresented students, with the support needed to apply for college.

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State will celebrate these initiatives by waiving the undergraduate application fee students often pay when they apply for admission for all or part of October. Applications may be completed online (with the online application, students can apply to one or several Minnesota State colleges or universities) or by contacting the college or university being considered. Most Minnesota State colleges and universities are waiving undergraduate application fees for the full month of October. Some, denoted in the list below with an asterisk, are waiving fees from Oct. 25 – 31 only. Colleges and universities that never charge an undergraduate application fee are denoted in the list below with two asterisks. Application fees for qualified low-income students and active duty military service members deployed overseas can always be waived at every Minnesota State college and university.

Unless otherwise indicated below, if prompted for a promo code, applicants should use “CKM2020.”

For more information, contact any of the Minnesota State colleges or universities, or visit

Alexandria Technical and Community College
Anoka Technical College**
Anoka-Ramsey Community College**
Central Lakes College**
Century College*
Dakota County Technical College*
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Hennepin Technical College (use code MNSTWEEK)
Hibbing Community College
Inver Hills Community College*
Itasca Community College
Lake Superior College
Mesabi Range College
Minneapolis College
Minnesota State College Southeast
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Normandale Community College
North Hennepin Community College
Northland Community and Technical College**
Northwest Technical College
Pine Technical and Community College**
Rainy River Community College
Ridgewater College**
Riverland Community College**
Rochester Community and Technical College**
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Saint Paul College**
South Central College**
Vermilion Community College

Bemidji State University
Metropolitan State University**
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Southwest Minnesota State University
St. Cloud State University
Winona State University

* Colleges and universities waiving fees for week of Oct. 25 to 31
** Colleges and universities that never charge an undergraduate application fee

During the COVID pandemic, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State are aggressively implementing multiple strategies to mitigate the risk of transmission and protect health and safety. Additional information is available from the COVID page of the Minnesota State website or the website of each of the Minnesota State colleges and universities.


Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 340,000 students. It is the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.