MnSCU colleges and universities waive application fees

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is participating in “College Knowledge Month,” a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior with the preparation, opportunity and support needed to apply to college. In conjunction with this effort, Bemidji State University will join 24 other MnSCU colleges and universities that will waive application fees for new students for a limited time.

“Our colleges and universities are places of opportunity,” said John O’Brien, vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs for MnSCU. “We are committed to making sure that every Minnesotan has access to an extraordinary education, and knowledge of the application process is central to that access. We are pleased to support this important initiative and look forward to engaging many new prospective students through this process.”

The initiative is designed to provide opportunities for high schools and postsecondary institutions to collaborate in a concentrated effort to engage, inform and support students as they enter into the college application process.

The culmination of College Knowledge Month is a week in which many colleges and universities across the state waive application fees. This year, 25 MnSCU colleges and universities will waive application fees during the week of Oct. 25 – 31, 2013:

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

*** Does not charge an application fee.

For more information, contact any of these MnSCU universities or visit

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system includes 24 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

• Doug Anderson; dir., communications and media; Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; (651) 201-1426;