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North Dakota Grants & Scholarships

North Dakota Academic Scholarships

North Dakota Career & Technical Education Scholarships

North Dakota Indian Scholarships

North Dakota Scholars Program

North Dakota State Student Incentive Grant Program

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Occupations Student Loan Program (STEM)

Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program

Tuition and Fee Reductions

For more information, contact the financial aid office on the campus of your choice or Financial Aid Office, North Dakota University System director for financial aid, 701-224-2541.

North Dakota Academic Scholarships
The North Dakota Legislative Assembly created these scholarships to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending an accredited North Dakota public, private or tribal college or university.
  • Amount: Total possible value is $6,000; $750 per semester. Scholarships are renewable for full-time students who maintain GPAs of 2.75 or higher. Full-time for this scholarship means enrollment in at least twelve credits during a student's first two semesters and enrollment in at least fifteen credits during each semester thereafter or enrollment in the equivalent number of credits.

  • Who is eligible: Scholarship candidates must be North Dakota high school seniors, have GPAs of 3.0 or higher, complete the required program of study (see high school counselor for details), and earn composite scores of 24 or higher on the ACT. For more information about the scholarships, go to the ACT/WorkKeys and Scholarships area on the DPI website.

  • How to apply: ACT or WorkKeys assessments must be taken on or before Feb. 12. Application form is available on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction website through June 5.

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North Dakota Career & Technical Education Scholarships
The North Dakota Legislature created these scholarships to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending an accredited North Dakota public, private or tribal college or university.
  • Amount: Total possible value is $6,000; $750 per semester. Scholarships are renewable for full-time students who maintain a college GPAs of 2.75 or higher. Full-time for this scholarship means enrollment in at least twelve credits during a student's first two semesters and enrollment in at least fifteen credits during each semester thereafter or enrollment in the equilvalent number of credits.

  • Who is eligible: Scholarship candidates must be North Dakota high school seniors, have GPAs of 3.0 or higher, complete the required program of study (see high school counselor for details), and earn composite scores of 24 or higher on the ACT or three 5s on the WorkKeys assessments. For more information about the scholarships, go to the ACT/WorkKeys and Scholarships area on the DPI website.

  • How to apply: The last day for taking either the ACT or the WorkKeys for scholarship eligibility is the national ACT test date in February. Any ACT tests taken later than the deadline have no guarantee that the results will be back by the June 5 deadline. Any official results for the ACT tests taken after the February deadline must be sent to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) by the student.

    Students must complete the application form posted on the DPI website by the deadline. The application period is generally March to early June. Questions on the application process should be directed to DPI.

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North Dakota Indian Scholarships
Based on scholastic ability and financial need, between 150 and 175 scholarships are available to enrolled members of North Dakota Indian tribes.
  • Amount: Scholarships range from $800 to $2,000 per academic year. Recipients must maintain GPAs of 2.0 or higher.

  • Who is eligible: Applicants must be North Dakota residents and enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribe. They must be accepted for admission by a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program and be enrolled as full-time students.

  • How to apply: Download the application form below or request an application from North Dakota University System, 701-224-2541.

    North Dakota Indian Scholarship Application 2015-2016

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North Dakota Scholars Program
This program provides merit-based, full-tuition scholarships to North Dakota high school graduates who choose to earn undergraduate degrees in North Dakota.
  • Amount: This full-tuition scholarship is renewable for up to three years to any tribal or private college or University System college or university. Scholarships for students who attend private institutions equal the average tuition at a University System research university. Recipients must maintain cumulative GPAs of 3.5.

  • Who is eligible: High school juniors who score in the upper fifth percentile of all North Dakota ACT test takers will be considered as a candidate for the Scholars award. Due to limited appropriation, not all students in the upper fifth percentile will be funded.

  • How to apply: Take the ACT Assessment between October and June of the junior year of high school. No separate application is required.

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North Dakota State Student Incentive Grant Program
Also known as the State Grant Program, this program provides non-repayable grants to first-time undergraduate students who attend North Dakota's public, private and tribal colleges.
  • Amount: North Dakota State Grants award up to $975 per semester or $650 per quarter, based on enrollment status. Students may reapply each year by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Eligibility is limited to eight semesters or twelve quarters of full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment, or the attainment of a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.

  • Who is eligible: North Dakota resident applicants must have graduated from a high school in this state; graduated from a high school in a bordering state, pursuant to N.D.C.C. chapter 15.1-29; graduated from a nonpublic high school in a bordering state while residing with a custodial parent in this state; completed a program of home education supervised in accordance with N.D.C.C. chapter 15.1-23; or received a general educational development high school diploma from the North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction. Additional eligibility information is available in NDUS Procedure 500.1

    Applicants who, because of a medically certifiable disability, may enroll at an accredited institution of higher education outside of North Dakota which offers the individual special services or facilities not available in this state, provided the institution offers a program of instruction equal to at least two academic years.

  • Students must be pursuing an eligible program at an eligible institution and be enrolled at least quarter-time.

  • How to apply: The application is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Deadline for priority consideration is April 15, but applications are accepted until all funds are committed. The priority deadline at individual colleges and university might not be the same as the state grant deadline. Please contact the financial aid or admissions office on your campus for more information.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Occupations Student Loan Program
The STEM Occupations Student Loan Program is intended to reduce loan indebtedness for college graduates who work in STEM-related fields in North Dakota.
  • Amount: Funded recipients are eligible for up to $1,500 per year in student loan forgiveness for each year they are employed in North Dakota in an approved occupation. Benefits are capped at $6,000.

  • Who is eligible: Recipients include graduates who successfully completed a board-approved STEM related program at an approved college and who earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recipients must have been employed in a board-approved STEM occupation for 12 months in North Dakota following graduation. Qualified North Dakota teachers who have fulfilled full-time, nine-month contracts in STEM-related teaching fields also are eligible.The number of loan forgiveness applications approved each year is contingent upon legislative appropriations. Not all qualified applicants are assured funding.

  • How to apply: Applications will not be considered if received prior to May 1. Applications will not be considered complete until all of the required information has been received by the NDUS. The date the application is considered complete will be the date used for priority funding order purposes.

    The 2015 application period has closed.

    Click on the link below to review more information about the program.

    Additional information about STEM Loan Forgiveness

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Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program
This program reduces student loan indebtedness for individuals who teach in North Dakota at grade levels and/or in content areas identified as having teacher shortages.
  • Amount: Funded recipients are eligible for up to $1,000 (maximum of $3,000)
    in loan forgiveness for each year they teach in a teacher shortage area.

  • Who is eligible: Educators who teach in North Dakota at a grade level or in a content area identified by the Department of Public Instruction as a teacher shortage area. The number of loan forgiveness applications approved each year is contingent upon legislative appropriations. Not all qualified applicants are assured funding.

  • How to apply: Applications will not be considered if received prior to April 1. Applications will not be considered complete until all of the required information has been received by the NDUS. The date the application is considered complete will be the date used for priority funding order purposes.

    The 2015 application period has closed.

    Click on the link below to review more information about the program.

    Additional information about Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness

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Tuition and Fee Reductions
North Dakota University System colleges and universities have the authority to reduce tuition and fees for certain groups.
  • Amount: Partial to full reductions in tuition and fees are available.

  • Who is eligible: North Dakota National Guard members; surviving dependents of North Dakota military veterans, National Guard members, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel and peace officers who died as a result of injuries received in the line of duty; and University System employees. University System campuses also may offer tuition and fee reductions to create culturally and economically diverse student bodies, to attract graduate students and researchers, and for other purposes consistent with each institution's mission.

  • How to apply: Contact the North Dakota University System campus you plan to attend.

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