Metropolitan State University recognizes prior learning you may acquire outside the traditional classroom, such as learning gained through your work, community, family responsibilities, travel, military service, conferences and other non-college-sponsored educational opportunities. There are processes in place to evaluate your prior learning for university credit as well as to complement prior learning which might not be university level with new learning, through a process of Student Directed Learning (SDL).

The first step toward having prior learning recognized is attending the one-credit workshop "Getting Credit for What You Know." Faculty in the workshop will help you identify areas for which you can be assessed for prior learning. Afterwards, you will consult with a resident or community faculty member in the discipline who will evaluate your learning and provide guidance about any additional work you might need to earn the credit.

The appropriate department must approve your learning before you register. A prior or student-directed learning form, describing the learning, signed by the department chair or designated representative, must be attached to each registration form. Students can call First College at 651-793-1783 or e-mail fc.info@metrostate.edu for additional information and assistance.

Students must officially drop or withdraw from the university in order to be eligible for a refund. Certain fees, such as the admissions application fee, graduation, orientation and transcript fees are non-refundable for all students. Financial aid recipients are strongly advised to contact the Financial Aid Office before they drop or withdraw from courses to discuss any financial aid implications of this decision.

When you register for a class, you are reserving university resources for yourself, and it is assumed that you will attend the class. The university invests resources in your enrollment, even if you do not attend the entire course. Thus, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System has adopted the following refund schedule.

Full refunds for fall and spring term courses will be granted as follows:
  • Courses dropped through the end of the first week of the term
  • Courses beginning the second week of the term or later-within one business day of the first class session
Full refunds for summer term course will be granted as follows:
  • First and full summer session courses dropped through the end of the first week of the term
  • Second summer session courses dropped through the end of the first week of the second session
  • Courses beginning the second week of the term or later that is not a second summer session -within one business day of the first class session