Riverland eliminates application fee

Published 1:05 pm Saturday, January 14, 2017

Beginning Tuesday, Riverland Community College will eliminate the application fee to make it easier for individuals to begin their higher education journey when applying to attend the college, according to a press release.

“We saw the application fee as a barrier we could remove for students because it slowed down the process to get them enrolled in Riverland’s credit-based academic programs,” said Kelly McCalla, interim vice president of academic and student affairs.  “It also is a small thing we can do for first generation, low income students to help them get connected to the college and begin to explore their opportunities.”

Application fees are generally not covered by financial aid. Riverland becomes one of eight Minnesota state community colleges that have chosen not to charge application fees.

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“With the workforce needs that exist in our communities, Riverland wants to provide access to as many students as possible to consider the high-quality, high-paying career training options we have for students,” MCalla said. “It is also an extension of our commitment to businesses and industries in our region to help build the workforce they need.”