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2014-2015 Estimated Costs

Base Tuition

$6,604

$7,396

New Student Fee

120

120

Student Fees

1,216

1,216

Housing

3,372

3,372

Meal Plan

3,910

3,910

Total

$15,222

$16,014

Base Tuition

$9,906

$17,633

New Student Fee

120

120

Student Fees

1,216

1,216

Housing

3,372

3,372

Meal Plan

3,910

3,910

Total

$18,524

26,251

Costs Explained

Costs reflected here represent the Base Tuition for a full-time student for a full academic year.

Several programs charge differential tuition. Differential Tuition is assessed to students in selected programs to cover the costs of additional resources and facilities associated with those programs. Differential tuition is typically assessed to students accepted into the professional phase of the program. The differential tuition figure replaces the base tuition figure in the expenses listed in the chart at the top of this page. Students interested in architecture & landscape architecture, business, engineering, nursing and pharmacy pay differential tuition.

The Department of Orientation and Student Success is funded by a $120.00 non-refundable fee charged to all new undergraduate and professional degree seeking students in their first semester at NDSU.  The new student fee provides operations and personnel costs aimed at promoting student success and retention, including but not limited to, orientation and welcome week programs, tutoring services, and family weekend programs. 

Student fees cover the cost of selected university programs and activities, admission to fine arts and athletic events, student publications, technology and health and wellness services.

Several room and board arrangements are available for on-campus housing. The costs presented here reflect the arrangements most commonly selected by new freshmen - a double room and the 7-Day meal plan. Rates and plans vary--see Dining Services and Residence Life for more information. 

Students should plan on spending approximately $1,100 per year for books and supplies and approximately $3,400 per year for personal expenses and transportation.

Program fees are assessed in addition to tuition and support program needs for a limited number of programs. For specific fees, see Bison Connection.

More information on costs, additional fees and payment plans is available online and from Bison Connection.

Minnesota Reciprocity

An agreement between North Dakota and Minnesota makes students eligible for tuition comparable to resident tuition. Students who graduate from a Minnesota high school and enroll at NDSU within 12 months automatically qualify for reciprocity. No paperwork is necessary. If you plan to attend NDSU more than 12 months following high school graduation, complete the application online.

Transfer students must apply for reciprocity beginning in April for the following year. Home schooled students and students who earned a GED also must apply for reciprocity.

More information on reciprocity is available from the Office of Registration & Records.

Tuition Exchange Rates

Students living in the states participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program or the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) or contiguous provinces (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of th Northern Marianas Islands) are eligible for tuition at 150 percent of NDSU's resident tuition. WUE and MSEP tuition are considerably less than nonresident tuition. Students from participating states qualify for the reduced tuition rate simply by indicating their state of residence on the Application for Admission.

Alumni Tuition Discount

Children and spouses of North Dakota college and university graduates may be eligible for reduced tuition at NDSU through the Alumni tuition incentive program. New undergraduate students who are otherwise non-resident students and are residents of states or provinces not engaged in a reduced tuition structure are eligible for a tuition rate at 150 percent of the North Dakota resident rate. To qualify, list the institution on the Application for Admission.

Employee Family Discount

Spouses and dependents of NDSU employees may be eligible for a tuition discount equal to one-half of the tuition for NDSU classes. Please contact the Office of Human Resources to complete the paperwork at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term.


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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Campus address: Ceres Hall 114
Physical/delivery address: 1301 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5230 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 10:12:27 AM