For a three-year period Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical (MSC-ST) has charged in-state tuition to all Iowa students as part of the tuition pilot project. The students were granted in-state tuition and enjoyed this benefit as long as they were continuously enrolled at MSC-ST for the duration of their program.
The College goals in this tuition project were:
College activities to increase enrollment of Iowa students have included:
Fall Headcount - State of Iowa
THREE-YEAR BOARD PILOT BEGAN FALL 1999 (IN-STATE TUTION RATES)
|Program majors represented: 19||
|Autobody Sheetmetal Certificate|
|Autobody Replacement Certificate|
|Automotive Technology Diploma|
|Band Instrument Repair||
|C++ Programming Certificate|
|Drafting and Design AAS||
|Drafting and Design Diploma||
|Industrial Technology Diploma|
|Massage Therapy Certificate|
|Medical Secretary AAS|
|Musical String Guitar Diploma||
|Musical String Violin Diploma||
|Practical Nursing Diploma|
|Retail Management AAS|
|Truck Driving Certificate||
MSC-ST has seen a small but steady increase in headcount of Iowa students that the College directly attributes to the recruitment, marketing, and outreach efforts in this tuition project. The College's Director of Enrollment Services reports that there has been a marked increase in interest and inquiries when she and her staff have attended college fairs and high school visits in Iowa.
These students who are now prospects may likely convert to college enrollees. Since MSC-ST is one of the colleges piloting this in-state tuition project in Minnesota, it will take considerable time and effort to create an awareness and understanding that this in-state tuition exists for Iowa students.
MSC-ST would like to be granted authority in continuing to charge in-state tuition to non-reciprocity, non-resident, new and returning students. The College will provide an annual report to the Board of the outcomes detailed above after the close of each fiscal and academic year. MSC-ST is already measuring the outcomes so the evaluation will be obtained in our regular course of business.