Colleges, including ATCC, waiving undergraduate application fee

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.

This includes Alexandria Technical and Community College.

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

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