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Occasionally, students may need to take a course for their degree or certificate program through another college or university. The Consortium Agreement is a process where a student can add credits from another institution (Host School) to the credits or enrollment at Metropolitan State University (Home School) in an effort to increase their credit load and possibly the amount of financial aid.
Metropolitan State agrees to accept the credits taken at the host school on the same basis as if Metropolitan State University offered the courses. The course or courses taken at the host school will appear on the Metropolitan State's transcript and the course credits will be counted toward the student's enrollment level for the purpose of calculating financial aid eligibility. Those credits also count towards student's academic standing status.The student is responsible for paying the host school for any tuition and fees owed to that school by the published tuition deadline date for the semester.
In order to receive financial aid for a course or courses at another college or university, students need to complete the following steps:
*In order for the consortium course(s) to be evaluated and appear on your Interactive Degree Audit/DARS report (or GELS worksheet for students admitted before fall 2006), you must complete a Transfer Update Request after grades have been posted for the consortium course(s).
Visiting students must make payment arrangements for courses as required by the host school. Tuition and fee charges at the host school will not be paid by Metropolitan State. As the Home School, Metropolitan State will credit all financial aid for to the student's account at Metropolitan State after the 16th day of the semester. Any financial aid that exceeds the charges will be available to pay for other educational expenses, including tuition and fees for courses taken at another institution. It is the student's responsibility to clear any tuition and fee charges with the host institution and, if attending a non-Minnesota State institution, by obtaining an official transcript at the end of the semester.
Metropolitan State Bookstore Credits do not transfer to another institution. Students are responsible for purchasing books at the Host School.