The annual operating budget is an organizational plan stated in monetary terms. Saint Paul College prepares budgets, plans expenses and allocates funds consistent with Board policies and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system procedures.
The Saint Paul College Finance Department seeks to provide excellent customer service in support of the College’s mission through a budget process that links strategic and financial planning to insure the long-term financial health of the College.
Budget Planning for 2018 and Beyond
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and Saint Paul College received funding from the legislature and allowed a 1% tuition increase in FY2018 and froze tuition in FY2019. For the most updated version of the FY2018 budget, please view
Saint Paul College Financial Projections
FY2019 Institutional Allocations
FY18 Budget Calendar
FY19 Budget Calendar
Budgeting Planning Principles
The College will make planning, budgeting, and assessment decisions based on a commitment to the College’s eleven budget planning principles:
Principle 1: Furthering the College’s
mission, vision, values and
strategic plan goals.
Principle 2: Maintaining Higher Learning Commission accreditation or other program specific national accreditations.
Principle 3: Ensuring a fair and equitable budget process for all areas of the college.
Principle 4: Treating all people with dignity and respect.
Principle 5: Working together to maintain transparent, timely, factual, and honest communication throughout the college community.
Principle 6: Focusing on the “big picture.”
Principle 7: Advocating for both quality and access of education, while understanding that services and programs may have to be scaled back or eliminated.
Principle 8: Prioritizing offerings according to student and community needs.
Principle 9: Minimizing the impact cost of increase to students whenever possible.
Principle 10: Using temporary or one-time dollars for recurring expenses only when a plan for replacing those dollars is in place.
Principle 11: Evaluating budget reductions after they have been implemented to make further adjustments and account for any unintended consequences.
Revenue Generation and Cost Savings Strategies Feedback
The ideas and feedback collected, along with how the feedback will be used and the timeframe it will be used, has been posted below. The budget unit would like to thank the college community for having taken the time to provide feedback.
Please see the following budget resources for more information:
If you have questions or comments about the Saint Paul College Budget process, please send an email to