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College Costs

While college costs in North Dakota continue to rise, they're doing so much more slowly than the rest of the country. The state is one of only two in the country (the other being Wyoming) that spent more on its higher education system in 2013 than in 2008; North Dakota had increased that budget by 16.5% over the previous five years. That contributes to the slower increase in tuition costs, with public 4-year in-state tuition increasing just 12.1% between 2008 and 2011; nationally, tuition increased 25.1% over the same period. Students at 2-year schools are doing even better, with tuition only increasing by 1% in the state since 2008.

College Enrollment

As with tuition trends, North Dakota is doing better than many states in terms of enrollment; between 2000 and 2010, while national enrollment in public universities increased by 28.8%, enrollment in North Dakota's schools increased by 35.8%. Looking specifically at the University of North Dakota, the state system saw a 4% increase in its total student headcount between 2010 and 2014, with numbers slowing a bit due to the recession. Part of the increase is because of the university system's effort to attract out-of-state students in particular, with extra funding for institutional programs and resources.

YearEnrollmentSource: CollegeBoard, Trends in Tuition and Fees, Enrollment, and State Appropriations for Higher Education by State, 2012

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • College Save: The North Dakota 529 plan is designed to give students and families a means of saving early, and it comes with a hefty tax break; enrollees can deduct up to $5,000 from state income taxes each year. It includes several different investment options, as well as guidelines for gift contributions to the account.
    • Children First: A section of the state's 529 plan, Children First is open to all babies under 12 months of age. In essence, if parents sign a child up for a college savings account, the state contributes $100 toward that child's future education.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • Educational Opportunity Center at UND: This organization, which is a branch of the state university's TRIO Program, works with low income and first generation college students. Advisors and mentors help students explore college and career options, find financial aid, and prepare academically for college courses.
    • A-STEP: A subsection of the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, which is run by Minot State University, A-STEP supports individuals with intellectual disabilities in the transition to postsecondary education. Volunteers work with new students on individual living and career skills, as well as helping them to build social relationships on campus.
    • North Dakota PTA: This statewide parent-teacher organization looks to support students from all walks of life, advocating for quality in education, financial resources for those in need, and education-friendly legislation. They support students throughout K-12 and on their path to higher education.
  4. Higher Education News

Higher Education in North Dakota

North Dakota Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 49% North Dakota
      Graduation Rate
    • 20.7 ACT North Dakota
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in North Dakota

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North Dakota Institutions

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