Tuition and Student Fees

To estimate your tuition costs you will need to consider each of the factors described below.

Where is your primary residence located?

You state/province/country of residence is one of the primary factors in determining your assigned tuition rate. Please note that specific eligibility criteria apply and that it is important that students monitor their residency and corresponding tuition rates in Campus Connection. Visit with the Office of Registration and Records for more information about residency as well as residency changes.

  • North Dakota: North Dakota residents
  • Minnesota w/ Reciprocity: Minnesota residents that have filed for and been approved by the MNOHE to receive reciprocity.
  • Contiguous Provinces & States (Undergraduate and Professional students only): Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota
  • WUE States / Territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and the Federal States of Micronesia.
  • Professional Student Exchange (Pharmacy students): Alaska, Nevada, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands
  • WRGP States / Territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, American Samoa, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • MSEP States: Any Minnesota resident that has not applied for Tuition Reciprocity or students from states participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program.
  • International: Residents of countries outside the U.S.A.

Further information about residency status

Will you register for undergraduate or graduate credits?

Undergraduate credits and graduate credits are assessed at different tuition rates. Students taking classes in both careers may be charged separately for each.

How many credits?

Undergraduate students taking 12 or less credits per semester are assessed tuition at the part-time, per-credit tuition rate. Undergraduate students taking 13 or more credits per semester are charged the flat, full-time rate which is commonly referred to as the "tuition cap". Graduate students are charged a per-credit rate, regardless of the number of credits. There is no tuition cap for most majors, with Architecture being the sole exception. Cooperative Education and Teaching Learning Academy credits are not included in the capped rate. Student in strictly online programs, charged the online tuition rate, are also excluded from the tuition cap.

Is your academic program assigned a differential tuition rate?

Each of the following academic programs are assessed a Differential Tuition Rate. The differential tuition rate replaces the base rate and starts at the point in time that the student is accepted in to the program. Engineering students, for example, are accepted in to their programs as Freshmen. Students who have declared multiple majors are billed at a single tuition rate corresponding with the highest programmatic rate of the student.

  • Engineering
  • Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • College of Business Majors and Minors (including certificates)
  • Public Health - Masters or Certificate

Please note: In addition to tuition, all students are charged mandatory student fees. Some may also be charged course fees, depending on the classes selected. For further details regarding billing protocols, please go to the Undergraduate or Graduate tuition rate pages.

Undergraduate Tuition

Graduate Tuition

Mandatory Student Fees

Other Charges
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Tuition Waivers
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Tuition Cap

With the intent to encourage students to take fifteen credits per semester and graduate in a timely manner, NDSU caps tuition at thirteen credits for undergraduate students and graduate architecture students. Meaning, all credits over thirteen are at no additional cost to the student. The tuition cap refers to NDSU tuition charges only. Full-time status, scholarship eligibility, and financial aid may have alternative credit requirements.

Tuition Cap Exclusions:

  • Internship/cooperative education credits
  • Teacher Leadership Academy credits
  • Programs approved by the North Dakota SBHE to utilize a strictly online delivery method

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