NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Q: Why do DCE classes cost more than on-campus classes?

This is a misconception about classes offered through DCE.  DCE classes are not more expensive than regular NDSU classes (unless you are in a Great Plains IDEA graduate program).  They are actually charged at the North Dakota residence rate regardless of your residency status.  Which means for some individuals these classes are less expensive. 


It may be helpful to think of DCE classes as a pay-per-credit tuition model.  We suggest you determine how many credits you are taking in total.  If you are taking 12 credits or less you are only paying for the number of credits you are taking even though you may see some of the tuition listed under "DCE tuition" on your account summary.  If you are taking more than 12 credits you will pay for any DCE credits over the 12 credits of tuition.  The tuition listed on your account summary under the "DCE tuition" line is the amount of tuition you pay for your DCE classes.


(Note: DCE tuition is only charged under the "DCE tuition" line and is not charged under the "NDSU tuition" line on your account summary. You are only charged once for your DCE tuition.)


Tip: Check your account summary in Campus Connection as soon as possible.  Add up your total tuition and compare it to the NDSU tuition and fee information.