In 2012 the North Dakota Board of Higher Education approved a differential tuition for the pharmacy professional program which is higher than the standard university tuition rate. Differential tuition is needed to cover the higher costs associated with a professional degree program. This differential tuition does not include other student fees, room and boards, and miscellaneous expenses. As noted earlier, students are expected to complete certain degree requirements including Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) during summer months in addition to the regular academic year. Starting with the fall 2013 semester, students should expect to be charged (and to pay) differential tuition on course credits for all professional program degree requirements regardless of the term in which credits are earned. The amount of differential tuition in an academic term can be found on the NDSU Office of Student Financial Services website: http://www.ndsu.edu/bisonconnection/accounts/.