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Do you qualify for a reduced fee?

Minnesota law (Minnesota Statute 518.157, subd. 6) requires us to offer options for a fee waiver, or reduced fee, for mandated divorce education. We worked with the Minnesota Supreme Court to determine the eligibility guidelines.

Fee waiver

You qualify to take the Parents Forever course for free in Minnesota if you have been given a court order granting you in forma pauperis (IFP). See What is a fee waiver (in forma pauperis)? on the Minnesota Supreme Court website for more information.

This fee waiver applies any Minnesota participating in:

  • A Parents Forever Minnesota-based in-person course.

  • The Parents Forever online course.

Follow these steps if you have an IFP.

  • For the online course, submit a copy of your IFP court order with your reduced fee application: Apply for a reduced fee for the online course. Once it has been approved, you will receive a coupon code to use during your registration process.

  • For an in-person course, follow the instructions described on the related course page linked off of Parents Forever In-Person Courses.

Fee reduction

You qualify to take the course at a reduced fee in Minnesota if one of the following applies to you.

  • You have documentation showing that are on one of the following assistance programs.

    • Minnesota Family Investment Fund (MFIP)

    • MFIP-Emergency Assistance

    • MFIP-Diversionary Assistance

    • General Assistance or Emergency General Assistance

    • Medical Assistance or General Assistance Medical Care

    • Food Stamps (SNAP)

    • Supplemental Security Income

    • Minnesota Supplemental Assistance (MSA) or MSA-Emergency Assistance

    • Energy Assistance

  • You receive legal services on behalf of a volunteer attorney or civil legal services program. You need to have a copy of a letter on letterhead, documenting you are receiving these services.

  • Your annual family income before taxes is less than 125% of the Poverty income guidelines for a family your size. You need to have a copy of your filed 1040 or 1040EZ tax form from last year for documentation.

To receive the reduced fee for the online course, submit the documentation described above with your reduced fee application: Apply for a reduced fee for the online course.

For an in-person course, follow the instructions described on the related course page linked off of Parents Forever™ In-Person Courses.

Please note that the exact registration price at the reduced-fee level varies by program. Each in-person program sets their own reduced fee amount to account for the individual expenses of that program. For example, the reduced fee for Parents Forever Online Course for Parents is $29 because there are minimal day-to-day expenses associate with the online course. An in-person program that needs to pay for facilitators' time and other expenses may have a higher reduced fee rate.

 

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