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Tuition Waivers

Undergraduate Academic Waivers

  • Presidential Scholarships are awarded to first year students with an ACT of 32 or higher or equivalent SAT and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. This is an annual $3,000 scholarship for up to four years.
  • Presidential Honor Scholarships are awarded to first year students with an ACT of 29-31 or equivalent SAT and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. This is an annual $2,500 scholarship for up to four years.
  • Provost's Scholarships are awarded to first year students with an ACT of 25-28 or equivalent SAT and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. This is an annual $1,500 scholarship for up to four years.
  • Non-Resident Tuition Benefit awarded to first year students from non-resident states who meet admission guidelines. This waiver reduces the tuition rate from the Non-Resident Rate to the Contiguous Tuition Rate and is awarded for up to four years.

Eligibility is determined by the Office of Admission. Students who have submitted all required application materials and meet required scholarship criteria as of the December 15, 2017 deadline are guaranteed one of the following scholarship awards at the time of admission.

Cultural Diversity Tuition Discount


Students are eligible to apply and compete for this award. Recipients must be from a federally defined under-represented group and show financial need. The award results in a waiver of tuition equivalent to the North Dakota resident tuition rate, regardless of the recipient's state of residence. The award is renewable. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Admission. To qualify, students must be admitted by February 1 for the following fall semester.

Graduate Assistant Tuition Waiver


The Graduate Assistant Waiver provides a 100% waiver of the base tuition. Engineering students receive a 100% waiver of the full Engineering Differential Tuition. In addition to receiving a waiver, graduate assistants may receive a stipend to perform research, teaching , and service activities.
Assistantships are either 1/4-time, which require an average of 10 hours of student time per week to complete assigned responsibilities, or they are 1/2-time and require 20 hours per week. Students who have completed their Program of Study, filed with the Graduate School, but who have not completed their thesis, paper, or dissertation are require to register for at least one Continuous Enrollment credit each semester (fall and spring semester only). To be eligible for a summer tuition waiver, a student must have received a tuition waiver for the preceding or the following academic term (spring or fall semester). Eligibility is determined by the Grad School.

Graduate Dean Tuition Waiver


This waiver is awarded to graduate students in the College of Human Development and Education. Awards, which are limited to 3 credits per semester, are made on a competitive basis; criteria for selection include: completion of at least 6 graduate credits, full-standing in a program and minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate studies. Priority is given to students who demonstrate need, are North Dakota residents in a doctoral program with an approved plan of study, and are close to completion of their program. Eligibility is determined by the Human Development & Education department.

Graduate International Student Tuition Waivers


Awarded to graduate students not on an assistantship. Waivers in this category are provided to external award recipients such as Fulbright (100% waiver) and World Learning scholars (30% waiver). Included in this category are waivers that result directly from Memorandums of Understanding between NDSU and specific affiliated international universities or institutions.  Eligibility is determined by the Grad School.

International Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship


This scholarship, awarded as a waiver, is calculated at 50% of base non-resident tuition, and is awarded by the Office of Admission to eligible international students seeking admission to undergraduate programs.  Criteria for selection include demonstrated leadership, community involvement and high academic ability. This waiver is renewable to any matriculated international undergraduate student who maintains a 2.5 CGPA. In addition, recipients are required to participate in 10 hours of cultural sharing activities per semester with the NDSU community.  

International Junior/Senior Scholarship


This scholarship is awarded is through the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services to ten outstanding international undergraduate students in either their junior or senior year of study. This competitive award waives 100% of the base tuition rate.  The award is valid for one academic year. Awards are given primarily on the basis of academic achievement, including a minimum CGPA of 3.0, and leadership contributions.  Other factors, which will be considered, are active involvement in campus activities and additional information provided in the application. 

International Undergraduate Miscellaneous Waivers


NDSU may offer tuition waivers to undergraduate students in special, select categories including World Learning students, international partner affiliate students, and exchange students. World Learning students and affiliate students pay 50% of non-resident base tuition.  Incoming exchange students receive a full waiver of the non-resident tuition rate.  Eligibility is determined by the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services.

Differential Tuition and/or Department Waivers


Select departments may choose to offer a waiver of base tuition and/or differential tuition.  Eligibility is determined by the respective department.

NDSU Employee Waiver**


Employees of NDSU are eligible for a tuition waiver for three classes per calendar year.  Tuition will be waived as well as a portion of the corresponding student fees.  This waiver applies to all instructional methods.  The Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver request form must be submitted and approved prior to the beginning of the class for which the waiver is requested.  Eligibility is determined by the NDSU Human Resources department.

NDSU Spouse/Dependent Waiver**


Spouses/partners and dependents of employees of NDSU are eligible for a 50% tuition waiver.  The corresponding student fees are excluded from this benefit.  This waiver applies to all instructional methods.  The Spouse/Partner/Dependent Tuition Waiver request form must be submitted and approved prior to the beginning of the class for which the waiver is requested.  Eligibility is determined by the NDSU Human Resources department.

National Guard Tuition Waiver**


 ND Century Code §§ 37-07.1 and SBHE Policy 820 authorize a twenty-five percent tuition waiver on undergraduate tuition for qualified members of the National Guard, subject to limitations stated in that chapter and National Guard rules. Eligibility is determined by the North Dakota National Education Center in Bismarck, ND.

Veteran Dependent Tuition Waiver**

 

ND Century Code §§ 15-10-18.2 and 15-10-18.3 and SBHE Policy 820 authorize tuition and fees be waived in North Dakota institutions of higher education for a dependent of a resident veteran who was killed in action, died of service-related causes, has a one hundred percent service-connected disability as determined by the department of veterans' affairs, was a prisoner of war or declared missing in action. Educational benefits are allowed for a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion. The benefits are available for a forty-five-month or ten-semester period. Eligibility is determined by NDSU's Certifying Official.

Veteran Dependent Tuition Waiver application

Firefighter/EMS/Peace Officer Survivor Tuition Waiver**


ND Century Code §§ 15-10-18.4 and  15-10-18.5 and SBHE Policy 820 authorize tuition and fees be waived for a survivor of a ND firefighter, emergency medical services personnel or peace officer who dies as a result of injuries received while engaged in the performance of official duties under circumstances dangerous to human life.  Educational benefits are allowed for a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion.  The benefits are available for a forty-five month or ten semester period. Eligibility is reviewed by Customer Account Services.

Firefighter/EMS/Peace Officer Survivor Tuition waiver application

Senior Citizen/Project 65 Waiver**


SBHE Policy 805.3 authorizes the tuition to be waived for on-campus courses audited by persons 65 years of age or older. Eligibility is reviewed by the Office of Registration and Records.

SBHE Student Member Waiver**


SBHE Policy 820 authorize tuition and fees be waived for the appointed student member of the State Board of Higher Education.  Eligibility is reviewed by Customer Account Services.


Note:  Distance Continuing Education classes are typically not eligible for tuition waivers.  When registering, please refer to the Class Notes section to determine eligibility.


**North Dakota University System sponsored waiver


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