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Minnesota West Tuition and Fees

The Blue to Brown Connection Program is the product of collaboration between Minnesota West Community and Technical College (MN West) and Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). As part of this partnership, B2B students pay MN West tuition rates to MN West, and room and board costs are paid directly to SMSU. 


Current and admitted students can access their billing statements, make payments, and contact the business services offices through their e-Services accounts with MN West and SMSU. Sign in using your StarID and Password.

Estimated Costs*

  • MN West Tuition for one academic year: $4,460**
  • Fees for one academic year: $1,312.34**
  • Room and Board for one academic year: $8,278**
  • Books for one academic year: $1,200.00**
  • Total Costs of participation for one academic year: $15,250**
Please Note:
*All estimated costs are subject to change as rates have not been approved for 2019/2020 academic year.
**Tuition rate reflects 13 credits per semester, no remedial coursework; Fees reflect both fees from MN West and SMSU; Room and Board reflects a double occupancy room and the 14 meal per week plan. Costs will increase with additional course work, single occupancy rooms OR a different meal plan.

Click here to learn more about MN West tuition rates.
Click here to learn more about SMSU room/board and student fee rates.


Southwest Minnesota State University Room and Board

Blue to Brown students are required to live on the SMSU campus while admitted to the B2B program. Students benefit immensely by living on campus due in part to the close connections they establish with their peers, involvement in campus life, access to events and programming, and close proximity to student support services.

Room and board reflect the cost of housing in a dormitory and the cost of a meal plan. The room costs are based on double occupancy, costs are reduced when students have a roommate, and meal plan costs are based on 14 meals per week.

For more information about living on the SMSU campus, visit the Residence Life page.

Admitted students, please visit our Housing and Residence Life tab to complete the housing application.


Paying Your Tuition Bill: MN West

At the start of each semester, students are responsible for making sure their tuition bill is paid, a requirement to remain in the B2B program. Current students can check the status of their MN West bill by logging into their e-Services account with their StarID and Password where they are able to see their billing statement, pay their bill, register for courses, and track their progress in their courses. Students will not receive a paper copy of their bill, so using e-Services is a necessary part of remaining in good standing with the program.

MN West Payment Calendar

Paying Your Room and Board Bill: SMSU

At the start of each semester, students are responsible for making sure their room and board bill is paid, a requirement to remain in the B2B program. Current students can check the status of their SMSU bill by logging into their e-Services account with the same StarID and Password on the SMSU webpage. Here they are able to see their billing statement and pay their housing bill. Students will not receive a paper copy of their bill, so using e-Services is a necessary part of remaining in good standing with the program.

SMSU Payment Calendar

Last Modified: 7/2/19 5:16 PM