Minnesota’s Senior Citizen Education Program
The Senior Citizen Education Program is part of a Minnesota state statute that provides senior citizens higher education opportunities. If you meet the residency and age requirements, you may audit courses for no credit without any tuition charge or take courses for credit at $10 per credit tuition charge. Whether you audit or earn credits, laboratory or materials fees may be an additional charge for some courses if required.
To receive Senior Citizen Education Program benefits, you must self-disclose to the University of Minnesota that you are a Minnesota resident age 62 or older before the start of the term for which you are registering. If you receive a railroad retirement annuity, the age requirement is reduced to age 60.
Steps for enrolling
To begin the process of enrolling in classes through the Senior Citizen Education Program, bring identification that verifies your age and your Minnesota residency to the University of Minnesota, Morris. Those who fall under the railroad retirement age requirement must also bring proof of their railroad retirement status.
Forms of verification include:
- Birth certificate
- Minnesota Driver’s License
- Minnesota tribal identification card
- Minnesota state ID
Steps for registering for courses
New students who are not seeking a degree must complete a nondegree application and remit to the Office of the Registrar, 212 Behmler Hall.
New students who register as degree seeking students apply for admission online or may contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
Continuing students who register as degree seeking students will receive an appointment to register and will use the online registration system.
All Morris students, including Senior Citizens Education Program students, follow the same procedure to seek permission to register for a closed class or to cancel/add a course.
Senior Citizen Education Program students receive a 100-percent refund if a class is cancelled during the first three weeks of the term. After the first three weeks of the term, no refunds are issued.