Travel Registration

Welcome!  We are so pleased you have selected Hillcrest Lutheran Academy as your high school.   With so many students coming to Hillcrest Academy from many different regions of the country, it is 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 cheaper 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, Hillcrest provides a complimentary (no cost to the student) airport-to-campus (or reverse) 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 arrange your flights to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service.  If your scheduled flight times fall “outside” of these windows, we will still work to arrange the necessary shuttle service, but it will not be on a complimentary basis.

Transportation Schedule and Registration Deadlines

Please contact Sharlene Schmidt at sschmidt@ffhillcrest.org 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:

PAYMENT POLICY: Payment of transportation fees is required at the time the reservations are requested. We accept Major Credit Cards, simply by calling the Hillcrest Business Office at 218-737-6404 or you may request shuttle service and provide payment by emailing Mrs. Schmidt at sschmidt@ffhillcrest.org. Confirmation of reservation and Credit card charges will occur three to four day prior to travel plans. All shuttles are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. When paying for your reservation, please provide complete flight information and the student’s cell phone number. Please take note of the following policies below:
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.


Alternative Transportation Service and Fees (these services will require payment prior to use): If your flight itinerary won’t allow you to use the complimentary shuttle service, other alternatives are available but must be arranged with Mrs. Schmidt at the number above.
1. Share a Hillcrest-arranged car or van with other students (if possible): Rides may be available for groups of three or fewer at the rate of $75 per trip to Hector International Airport, Fargo, ND and $225 per trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Minneapolis, MN. While we do the best we can to make these arrangements, we cannot guarantee this option. Also, luggage limitations apply.
2. Executive Express (“EE”): Direct shuttle service between MSP and Alexandria, MN (which is located 50 miles away from Fergus Falls). Requires a $55 shuttle fee to travel from Hillcrest to the shuttle pick up/drop off in Alexandria, MN, plus the EE fee of approx. $70 per person. Luggage restrictions apply. Other Extenuating Circumstances/Conditions: Airlines are increasingly dictating that young passengers (varies by airline, but generally those under age 15) must be accompanied to the gate area by an adult, who must stay until the passenger boards. If that circumstance applies, then HLA makes special accommodations to comply with that requirement, but extra fees do apply in such instances. Contact the Business Office for details. Helpful Travel Planning Hints: 1. Schedule student flights “in sync” with the Hillcrest shuttle travel times, allowing enough time for the student to pick up bags, etc. prior to catching the shuttle. 2. Please call or email the HLA Head Resident Life Director, Craig Nersten, if your flight is delayed. He can be reached at 218.770.9085 or at “cnersten@ffhillcrest.org”. 3. Students who miss flights, miss the shuttle, or provide inaccurate flight information are not eligible for the complimentary shuttle service and may use the options provided under Alternative Transportation Service and Fees. 4. NO refund will be issued for cancellation if the HLA Business Office is not notified at least three (3) days prior to your travel. Due to luggage considerations, Hillcrest does not transport more than five students per 7-passenger van. For any questions related to transportation to and from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, please contact Sharlene Schmidt at 218-737-6404. Transportation for Welcome Week and Opening Week must be booked by August 1, 2018. 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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We provide transportation from Fargo, ND (FAR) and Minneapolis, MN (MSP)
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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.