Tuition waivers are a discount applied towards a student's tuition charges. Waivers cannot pay student fees, housing charges, etc. and may not be refunded to the student. Please be aware that not all waivers will apply to all types of tuition charges (e.g. collaborative credits taken at other North Dakota University System institutions) and students should confirm eligibility prior to registration.
Undergraduate Academic Waivers
Eligibility is determined by the Office of Admission and/or International Student Services and Study Abroad
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.
This waiver may not apply to all credits (E.G. Collaborative Registration)
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.
The Graduate Assistant Waiver does not cover audit courses as they aren't part of a student's Plan of Study (course work).
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.
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.
To be considered for this award, student must transfer to NDSU and have a minimum 3.0 GPA at all previous institutions. Preference is given to students with a greater number of credits awarded.
Phi Theta Kappa Waiver
To be considered for this award, the student must be a honor society member at a community college and transfer to NDSU.
Law Enforcement Officer Waiver**
Available to full-time North Dakota law enforcement officers with at least two years of service that are maintaining satisfactory job performance. Must complete the appropriate application supplied by the ND Attorney General and receive supervisor approval at least one month in advance of the start of the semester. The waiver provides a 25% reduction in tuition and student fees to undergraduate students and is available for a maximum of five years after initial award.
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 thirty-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 (requires NDUS login)
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.
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.
**North Dakota University System sponsored waiver