July 27, 2020: Fall 2020 Tuition and COVID-19 Relief

Posted Monday, July 27, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Fall semester starts on August 22 and now is the time to register for classes. As we’ve learned more about the financial challenges some of our students are facing, we’ve extended the deadline to receive COVID Relief for the online tuition differential and in some cases, increased the amount of the COVID Relief.

COVID Relief for Courses Converted from In-person to Online

In the original schedule there were courses planned as in-person or hybrid. To keep students and faculty safe during the continuing pandemic, we converted many of those courses to online delivery. We understand that online was not the preferred delivery mode for many of you. Students who are registered for these converted courses by August 21, 2020 will receive COVID Relief to their student account as follows:

  • Students registered for undergraduate courses originally scheduled as in-person or hybrid and converted to online delivery will receive $56 per credit COVID Relief, reducing the online differential to $20 and resulting in a per credit tuition of $254.36.

  • Students registered for graduate courses originally scheduled as in-person or hybrid and converted to online delivery will receive $107 per credit COVID Relief, reducing the online differential to $20 per credit and resulting in a per credit tuition of $440.25.

You will know if your course was converted from in-person to online because it has a section number starting with zero (0). You will see this in eServices in the column named “Sec” for section.

COVID Relief for Completely and Mostly Online Courses in the Original Course Schedule

Students who register for completely online and mostly online courses by August 21, 2020 will receive COVID Relief to their student accounts after the semester starts to offset online differential tuition.

  • Students registered for online undergraduate courses will receive $25 per credit COVID Relief to offset the online differential, reducing the online differential to $56.20 and resulting in a per credit tuition of $285.56.
  • Students registered for online graduate courses will receive $42 per credit COVID Relief to offset the online differential, reducing the online differential to $85.39 and resulting in a per credit tuition of $505.64.

Many of these courses were planned to be delivered online in the original course schedule that opened for enrollment in March and were chosen by you. You will know that your course was scheduled as a fully or mostly online course in the original course schedule if the course section number is between 50 – 59. You will see this in eServices in the column named “Sec” for section. Any new fully online or mostly online course sections added to the schedule beginning today will receive this COVID Relief amount.

Any courses remaining in-person or blended/hybrid or certain “arranged” courses such as internships and practicums are not charged a tuition differential; therefore, those courses are not eligible for the COVID Relief credit.

Similarly, certain academic programs and courses pay specialty rates based on the cost of delivery. Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Natural Sciences are not eligible for the COVID Relief credit, because they do not pay an online tuition differential, even if their courses are offered online. Full table of tuition rates

Why is there a tuition differential for online courses?

Quality online courses are more expensive to develop and deliver than in-person courses. This has been demonstrated by Minnesota State studies (PDF) as well as in independent research.

Components that have been identified as costing more include faculty development, academic technologies to support online learning, creation of learning materials, student identity verification, administration and proctoring of assessments, accessibility, and accreditation/state authorization.

Despite these costs, we recognize the hardship charging our full online tuition differential rates may pose to students during the ongoing pandemic and resulting economic upheaval. Thus, we are providing the COVID Relief to offset a portion of the online tuition differential as outlined above for Fall 2020.

Financial Aid Appeal

Students who are experiencing a change in their financial situation can ask the Financial Aid staff to review their financial aid package to see if their student aid may be increased. You may complete the Special Circumstance Appeal form (PDF) or call 651-793-1300 with questions.

Fees

For fall term, the standard per credit fees are being charged. These fees allow us to maintain infrastructure and services on campus and remotely, which continue to be available for student use. More information about fees

Supporting You 

Even during this time when most of our employees are working remotely, we continue to provide services to support you.  Information about accessing university services can be found on our COVID-19 information page. 

If you have questions or concerns, please email them to covid-19@metrostate.edu.

Wishing you the best as you prepare for fall semester,
Virginia (Ginny) Arthur (she/her/hers)
President, Metropolitan State University