Travel Registration

Welcome! We are so pleased you have selected Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (“HLA”) as your high school. With so many students coming to Hillcrest Academy from many different areas of the US and the world, it is our both our privilege and our challenge to serve your transportation needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

As you may know, there are two main airports in Hillcrest’s region. One is in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area (MSP is the airport code), about 200 miles away from Fergus Falls, MN where Hillcrest is located. The other is in Fargo, North Dakota (FAR), about 60 miles away from Fergus Falls.

Generally, flights are less costly going to MSP than to FAR, but as you can see, there is less additional ground travel needed by flying to Fargo. So in either case, there is still some additional shuttle (ground transportation) service needed after deplaning in the nearest airports. For those flying to MSP, our “normal” arranged shuttle service first entails using a paid shuttle service (known as Executive Express, at a per-person cost of about $70) to get transported to Alexandria, MN -- about 50 miles from Fergus Falls. From there, Hillcrest supplies the shuttle to get you to the final destination. In the case of a FAR flight arrival, Hillcrest will supply a shuttle service right from the airport to Hillcrest.

As a courtesy to our students and their families, HLA provides complimentary airport-to-campus/campus-to-airport transportation for the major arrival/departure dates of the school year, provided you have arranged your flight to coincide with our scheduled shuttle times. We strongly encourage you to arrange your flights to take advantage of that service. If your flight times fall “outside” of these windows, we will still work to arrange the necessary shuttle service, but there will be a transportation charge.

Transportation Schedule and Registration Deadlines

Please contact Sharlene Schmidt at or (218) 737-6404 for payment and any questions or concerns. 

Please plan flights according to HLA departure time. Allow atleast 2 hours between expected drop-off time and flight departure time. ex. Fargo drop-off @ 3pm, student flight departure after 5pm.

If a delay is caused due to students missing a flight/ride, an additional fee will be charged.

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Please note that transportation to Fargo, ND Airport (FAR) is free on the dates/times listed below. Transportation to the Executive Express Shuttle in Alexandria for the Minneapolis Airport (MSP) is free, however the shuttle will cost approx. $70 one way. All other transportation requests through Hillcrest are scheduled according to the following options:

1. Shuttle to/from Hector Intl. Airport - $75 shuttle fee to and from Hector International Airport, Fargo, ND.

2. Curb to curb transportation to/from Minneapolis/St. Paul Intl. Airport, Minneapolis, MN – $225 cost to transport student outside of Executive Express time frames or to provide a curb-to-curb service from Hillcrest Academy to Minneapolis Airport.

3. Alexandria Express – Direct shuttle service from MSP to Alexandria, MN. ($75 fee from Hillcrest Academy to shuttle location). The Alexandria shuttle service is approx. $65 one-way and $115 round-trip. Discounted rates are available depending upon the number of passengers traveling together. International students (excluding Danielsen students) receive free airport transportation through the International fee.

Transportation for Welcome Week and Opening Week must be booked by July 25, 2016. All other transportation requests must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to departure. Special transportation requests may incur additional fees if booked within 4 weeks of travel.

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Use this section to communicate transportation details (please list if friends or family members are providing transportation for your student). List any questions, concerns or comments regarding travel plans in the above section.
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By Checking the box below you are recognizing that you have read the payment policy and agree with the terms outlined. You also understand that you must contact Sharlene Schmidt (sschmidt@ffhillcrest or (218) 737-6404) to complete payment for transportation if necessary.