Paying For College

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The cost of attending a North Dakota University System college or university depends on the campus you choose, the number of credits you take, your transportation and housing expenses, and the amount of financial aid you receive.


Many financial aid programs, grants, scholarships and state reciprocity agreements exist to help students lower or, in some cases, pay for the cost of education.


Click here for a PDF overview of all the financial aid programs offered through the North Dakota University System.



Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid can pay off in big savings on tuition and fees. Funds can be limited so it’s important to apply early.

Three key steps:

  1. Apply for admission to the college or university of your choice.
  2. As soon after Oct. 1 as possible, complete the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3. Pursue financial aid from college, state and private aid programs. Some North Dakota guidance counselors recommend using Fastweb to search for scholarships and grants.

For more information, contact the financial aid office on the campus of your choice or NDUS Financial Aid Director, 701-328-2906.



Estimated Costs to Attend University System Campuses for All Students

Referred to as the schedule of institutional charges, this document outlines what each University System campus charges resident and non-resident students for tuition, fees, housing and meal plans.

The chart lists tuition rates based on residency: North Dakota residents; Minnesota residents; South Dakota, Montana, Manitoba and Saskatchewan residents; other out-of-state residents; and international students. The schedule also includes information about various housing and meal-plan options.

Schedule for Institutional Charges (document)


Estimated Costs for North Dakota Residents

To find out if you might qualify for resident status, review the questions on the Application for Resident Status.

NDUS Application for Resident Student Status (document)