Invest in Yourself!

Infographic with planning notes on how to pay for college

South Central College is a great investment in your future! Pursue a career ready program ranging from one semester to two years and start a rewarding career as soon as you graduate. Begin your first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree at SCC and save upwards of $7,000 each year. 

More Value for Your Investment

SCC is the most affordable higher education option in the region with average tuition and fees at $5,966 per year.  Over 70% of all SCC students receive some form of financial assistance (grants, work-study, student loans, or scholarships).  For eligible students, this assistance can cover most direct costs (tuition/fees).

For students who demonstrate high financial need, state and federal grants can often cover all tuition, fees, and books. The result: many students have NO out-of-pocket expenses for their direct educational costs.

2022-2023 Comparison of Tuition and Fees Around the Region
 (Based on 30 credits per year)
Institution TypeAverage
Annual Cost
South Central College
Minnesota State System Universities (average for 7 universities)
Rasmussen College 
University of Minnesota (average for 5 campuses)
Bethany Lutheran College
Gustavus Adolphus College

 Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education

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Help Paying for School

More than $500,000 in SCC Scholarships Awarded in 2019-2020Even though SCC is one of the most affordable options in the region, not everyone has money set aside for college. South Central College is committed to helping you pay for school so you can reach your goals.

There are many ways to pay for your education, including:

Financial Aid

Even with affordable tuition costs, you may need help covering your school expenses. Complete a FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, to see if you are eligible for financial aid.

Scholarships from SCC

Supporters of the Foundations want to help SCC students succeed in achieving their goals! There are many types of scholarships available, and you don’t have to be a straight-A student to qualify for an award.

Scholarships from External Resources

You may want to consider applying for outside scholarship opportunities not associated with SCC. South Central College keeps a listing of opportunities you should consider.

Credit for Prior Learning

South Central College helps you find savings based on what you have learned through work experience, training, community services, and self-study.


On-campus work-study positions provide income to assist students in meeting the cost of attendance at SCC. Qualifying students can find work in a variety of positions including clerical, tutoring, library aids, and more.

Student Employment

With bustling campuses and communities, there are a variety of employment opportunities that can provide income while you're still a student.