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135A.52 PROGRAM AND QUALIFICATIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Fees and tuition. Except for an administration fee established by the
governing board at a level to recover costs, to be collected only when a course is taken for credit,
a senior citizen who is a legal resident of Minnesota is entitled without payment of tuition or
activity fees to attend courses offered for credit, audit any courses offered for credit, or enroll
in any noncredit courses in any state supported institution of higher education in Minnesota
when space is available after all tuition-paying students have been accommodated. A senior
citizen enrolled under this section must pay any materials, personal property, or service charges
for the course. In addition, a senior citizen who is enrolled in a course for credit must pay an
administrative fee in an amount established by the governing board of the institution to recover
costs. There shall be no administrative fee charges to a senior citizen auditing a course. For the
purposes of this section and section 135A.51, the term "noncredit courses" shall not include those
courses designed and offered specifically and exclusively for senior citizens.
    The provisions of this section and section 135A.51 do not apply to noncredit courses
designed and offered by the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities specifically and exclusively for senior citizens. Senior citizens enrolled under the
provisions of this section and section 135A.51 shall not be included by such institutions in their
computation of full-time equivalent students when requesting staff or appropriations.
    Subd. 2. Term; income of senior citizens. (a) Except under paragraph (b), there shall be
no limit to the number of terms, quarters or semesters a senior citizen may attend courses, nor
income limitation imposed in determining eligibility.
    (b) A senior citizen enrolled in a closed enrollment contract training program is not eligible
for benefits under subdivision 1.
    Subd. 3. Catalogue statement. Each state supported institution of higher education shall
prominently include in its catalogue a statement of benefits provided for senior citizens.
    Subd. 4. Determination of qualifications. The institution shall determine whether a person
qualifies for, and require execution of appropriate forms to request, the senior citizen benefits.
    Subd. 5. Placement. The institution shall refer interested senior citizens to social service,
community, and educational agencies for employment or volunteer work.
History: 1975 c 219 s 2-6; 1981 c 194 s 3; 1982 c 548 art 4 s 12; 1984 c 654 art 4 s 24;
1987 c 258 s 12; 1989 c 246 s 2; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 42,59; 2005 c 107 art 2 s 8,9; 2007 c 144 art
2 s 12,13