Anoka-Ramsey tuition staying the same

Tuition for Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College students will stay at the current rates for the next two years.

Anoka-Ramsey is expected to remain the lowest-cost college in Minnesota.

Full-time students at Anoka-Ramsey will pay an average of $4,349 for tuition beginning this fall. Students in certain programs pay slightly more to cover higher costs associated with those programs.

General fees will go up by about $18 to $654 a year for full-time students. Part-time students pay a per-credit hour share of annual tuition and fees.

“Students should find it easier to plan their expenses for the next two years, especially considering that tuition went up 8 percent during the last two years,” said Deidra Peaslee, vice president of academic and student affairs.

“Keeping tuition affordable, while offering high-quality programs and services, is one of our highest priorities.”

In many cases, Anoka-Ramsey students receive grants, scholarships and work-study funds to cover much of the expenses.

For example, about 71 percent of the college’s students received financial aid, averaging $10,015 in 2012-2013 for education and living expenses. Financial aid includes state and national grants, scholarships, loans and work-study funds.

Full-time students at the technical college will pay an average of $5,010 for tuition beginning this fall. Students in certain programs pay slightly more to cover higher costs associated with those programs.

General fees will decrease by $22 to $557 a year for full-time students. Part-time students pay a per-credit hour share of annual tuition and fees.

“We know that keeping tuition affordable is critically important for our students,” said Mary Jacobson, the college’s director of marketing and public relations.

“At the same time, we work hard to manage expenses so our innovative career and technical education help our students and communities live and learn well.”

In 2012-2013, about 83 percent of the technical college’s students received financial aid, averaging $11,892, to pay their education and living expenses.

Financial aid includes state and national grants, scholarships, loans and work-study funds.

For information about financial aid, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu/money.aspx or www.anokatech.edu/future_students/pay/finaid/.

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