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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Your student just started the year a few short weeks ago, so I bet you’re thinking, “Great, I don’t have to worry about any of that financial aid stuff for a while.”  Believe it or not, applying for next year’s financial aid starts sooner than you think.  Starting October 1, 2017 families can fill out the 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for students who plan to attend college between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

The early submission date of October 1st, enables NDSU and the Department of Education to make sure all information submitted is correct and accurate before awarding financial aid for the 2018-2019 year. It is important to complete the FAFSA every year as NDSU and the North Dakota state scholarship/grant office uses your FAFSA information to determine your student’s eligibility for state and school aid.  Some private financial aid providers may also use the FAFSA information to determine eligibility for their aid. 

On the FAFSA, students and parents will report income and tax information from the tax year that was two years prior. For example, on the 2018–19 FAFSA, students and their parents will report 2016 income and tax information. This makes the FAFSA easier to complete because you will have already filed your taxes by the time you and your student fill out the FAFSA, and you may be able to automatically retrieve and import your tax information directly from the IRS.  If your student files their own taxes, then they may be able to import their tax information too.

Household information for the 2018-2019 FAFSA is based on the household where the student lived the majority of the time (50% or more) over the last 12 months.  If you’re not sure who to include in your FAFSA household, visit for some helpful videos, graphics and additional information. 

For optimum consideration and to ensure the student meets NDSU’s priority funding deadline date, the 2018-2019 FAFSA must be submitted by February 1, 2018. Students planning to attend NDSU for the 2018-2019 academic year who have completed a FAFSA and listed NDSU as their school choice should receive an official award notice in late May of 2018.

For more information on completing the FAFSA and financial aid at NDSU visit

Homecoming Events

North Dakota State University celebrates Homecoming to connect with traditions of the past and strengthen connections for the future. Encourage your student to participate in these great events!

Homecoming 2017 September 25 - September 30


Thursday, September 28

7:30 p.m. Homecoming Show and Coronation, Festival Concert Hall

The show is sponsored by Blue Key Honor Society and Campus Attractions.

Friday, September 29

10:00 a.m. President Dean L. Bresciani’s State of the University Address, Festival Concert Hall: Live streaming video of the event will begin at 9:55 a.m. at

11:30 a.m. Athletics Hall of Fame Luncheon, Sanford Health Athletic Complex (SHAC)

5:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade, downtown Fargo on Broadway

Saturday, September 30

7:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, NDSU main campus. The race will start and end on Centennial Drive in front of the NDSU Wallman Wellness Center. 

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tailgating for the Homecoming football game, Fargodome. All fans are welcome to tailgate.

1 p.m. Kickoff: NDSU Bison vs. Missouri State, Fargodome

To see a full listing of events or get more information about Homecoming, please visit the website at

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