Cost of Attendance

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance

Below you will find the costs for the 2020-2021 academic year,* as well as a breakdown and explanation of fees. If you’re looking for detailed information about paying tuition and fees or answers to common billing questions, check out our tuition and payment resources.

Tuition Type North Dakota Residents Minnesota Residents Montana, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan Residents Other States International Undergraduates
Base Tuition* $8,606 $9,639 $10,328 $12,909 $15,061
Architecture and  Landscape  Architecture Tuition $11,450 $12,824 $13,740 $17,147 $20,037
Business Tuition $9,015 $10,097 $10,818 $13,523 $15,777
Computer Science $9,470 $10,607 $11,364 $14,205 $16,573
Engineering Tuition $9,470 $10,607 $11,364 $14,205 $16,573
Nursing Tuition $10,253 $11,483 $12,303 $15,379 $17,942
Pharmacy Tuition $17,404 $18,971 $20,885 $26,107 $30,458

*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 replaces the base tuition

Student Fees, Room, and Board 
Fee Type Domestic Undergraduates
New Student Fee $135
Student Fees $1,427
Housing $4,100
Meal Plan $4,778
Books $800

If you're an international undergraduate applicant, please view the Estimate of Expenses.

Costs Explained
Student Fees

Student fees cover the costs of selected University programs such as Career Services and Student Health Service, admission to fine arts and athletic events, student publications, Wellness Center membership, library services and ongoing technology needs on campus.

New Student Fee

The Department of Student Success Programs is funded by a $135 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 programs. 

Housing and Meal Plan

Several room and board arrangements are available for on-campus housing. The costs presented here reflect the arrangements most commonly selected by new freshmen, which include a double room in a traditional hall and the 7-Day Meal Plan. 

• Pavek, Seim, Sevrinson, Thompson, and Niskanen Halls: $4,300 

• Cater Hall: $4,575 

• 7-Day Meal Plan: $4,778 (unlimited Dining Center access and seven Guest Meals) 

• 5-Day Meal Plan: $4,326 (unlimited Dining Center access and three Guest Meals) 

Books and Supplies

Students should plan on spending approximately $800 per year for books and supplies and approximately $3,400 per year for personal expenses and transportation. 

Program Fees

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

More information on costs, additional fees, and payment plans is available from One Stop.

Minnesota Residents

An agreement between North Dakota and Minnesota makes students eligible for tuition comparable to resident tuition. Students graduating from a Minnesota high school who enroll at NDSU within 12 months of graduating automatically qualify for this rate. Transfer students, home schooled students, and students earning a GED must apply for this rate at

Alumni Dependents

Children and spouses of North Dakota University System (NDUS) college and university graduates may be eligible for reduced tuition at NDSU. New undergraduate students, who are not North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana or South Dakota residents, are eligible for a tuition rate equal to the Montana/South Dakota resident rate. 

Employee Family Discount

Spouses and dependents of NDSU employees may be eligible for a tuition discount equal to one-half of the tuition cost 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.