Paying for College

Cost of Ridgewater Versus Everyone Else.

Along with having some of the best career options available, Ridgewater is one of the most affordable colleges in Minnesota. Any student can save thousands of dollars per year while attending Ridgewater over any private or for-profit college (saving over $28,000 per year on average).

Even if you plan to transfer to the University of Minnesota for a bachelor's degree, you'll save over $7,000 per year by starting right here at Ridgewater, your first two years.

The very best advantage that Ridgewater gives to its graduates or transfers is a significantly lower loan burden, making it much easier to start your career without huge monthly loan payments extending out for years and years.

BTW, 30% of Ridgewater students graduate with no debt. And we have a 96% job placement rate for most graduates.


Resident Tuition
For the 2016 - 2017 school year, a credit load of 16 credits per semester will be approximately $2,854.04 plus books and other related expenses.

$179.14 per credit

$159.69 Tuition

$    8.30 Technology Fee
$    0.35 Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Fee
$    7.65 Student Life Fee
$    2.30 Parking Fee
$    0.85 Health Service Fee

Explanation of Fees: see section below.

If you are not sure if you’re a resident of Minnesota, please refer to the MnSCU Board of Trustees policy on Resident State Qualifications and related procedures.

Online Courses

Minnesota resident/non-resident tuition and fees for online courses are: 

$199.45 per credit

$183.15 Tuition
$    8.30 Technology Fee
$    0.35 Minnesota State Colleges Student Association (MSCSA) Fee
$    7.65 Student Life Fee

Non-resident Tuition
If you live in a state that has a reciprocity agreement with Minnesota, tuition and fees will be based on your state's reciprocity agreement. A special form must be completed. Ridgewater College allows students who reside in states that don't have reciprocity agreements with the state of Minnesota to pay in-state tuition rates.

  • Non-resident Tuition: $159.69 plus fees
  • North Dakota Reciprocity Rate: $159.69 plus fees
  • South Dakota Reciprocity Rate: $159.69 plus fees
  • Wisconsin Reciprocity Rate:$159.69 per credit plus fees
  • Farm Business Management: $159.69 plus fees ($170.84)
  • Senior Citizen Rate Age 62 or older: $20.00 fee per credit.
    Note: Fees are approximately $19.45 per credit for a full-time student.

All costs are approximate and may be amended at any time. Actual costs may vary due to fee structure, state guidelines, or policy changes.

For more information, please call the Business Office:

Hutchinson Campus 320-234-8528​
Willmar Campus 320-222-5641


Fees are part of the cost of attending Ridgewater College. 

Here's a closer look at what each fee is for 2016-2017 and how it's used.

Student Life Fee
($7.65/credit – maximum of $112.50/semester)

For the support of student activities on each campus. Activities would include areas such as clubs, athletics, intramurals, guest speakers, guest entertainers, etc.

Health Service Fee

Used to provide health and safety information and activities for students. Also, to provide basic first aid supplies and safety supplies across the campuses.


Minnesota State College Student Association: These fees are collected by the college and sent to the state student association which represents the students in matters related to student rights, legislation, etc.

Technology Fee

Charged by the credit for the purpose of updating and maintaining access to technology. The college must stay up-to-date in the use of the latest computers, software, networking processes, interactive TV and so on. Without the technology fee the college would fall behind in its delivery of quality education suitable for students to transfer or seek employment.

Parking Fee
($2.30/credit - maximum of $34.50/semester)

A fee mandated by the Minnesota legislature and designed to provide repair and replacement of parking lots.

Personal Property/Service Charges

Personal property charges are for items that become the personal property of the student and have an educational or personal value beyond the classroom. Service charges are for services for, or on the behalf of, the student.