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SUBJECT: 800s: Financial Affairs EFFECTIVE: April 26, 2018
Section: 805.1 Tuition

  1. The SBHE shall annually approve tuition rates. For purposes of this section, "Tuition" means the basic charge assessed enrolled students, on a per-credit hour basis or at a flat rate assessed at either 12 or 13 semester hours, for classes or programs for which students earn academic credit that may be applied toward a degree. Tuition may be assessed in differential tuition tiers, rates that differ by academic program or course subject, based on programmatic needs. A differential tuition may be set at a dollar amount or as a percentage of base tuition. Tuition does not include fees or other charges assessed students for specific or supplemental services including, student activity, distance learning access, program or technology fees.

  2. All tuition revenues and expenditures of those revenues generated from degree credit, including audited courses, regardless of delivery methodology, must be accounted for and budgeted as institutional collections in general ledger appropriated funds.

  3. Tuition rates shall include rates for residents and nonresidents, as those terms are defined by law, and, except as otherwise approved by the SBHE, the following rates for these special categories:
    1. For Minnesota residents, a tuition rate established per Minnesota Reciprocity Agreement;
    2. For other out-of-state U.S. residents and residents of the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, a tuition rate no lower than 120 percent of the resident tuition rate;
    3. For undergraduate students who do not otherwise qualify for a lesser tuition rate, and who are children or spouses of graduates of NDUS institutions, a tuition rate equal to 150 percent of the resident rate, regardless of residency; and
    4. For international students, except those from the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, a tuition rate no lower than 175 percent of the resident tuition rate.

  4. An audit tuition rate shall be charged for courses taken for audit at not less than one half of the per credit hour differential tuition tier rate by academic program or course subject based on student residency.

  5. As the SBHE defines a high school student enrolled in college courses high school student tuition rates shall be determined by NDUS for all high school students enrolled in college or university coursework. A high school unsubsidized rate will be charged for each credit hour taught by a qualified instructor who is paid by the institution. A High School Subsidized Rate will be charged for each credit hour taught by a qualified instructor paid by the high school.

  6. Negotiated Tuition Rates: The SBHE recognizes postsecondary institutions require the flexibility to price courses or programs offered directly to business and industry and other non-traditional customers based on market demand to deliver the training contemplated by N.D.C.C. ch. 52-08 and respond to the need for other programs in non-traditional markets. NDUS institutions may negotiate a flat rate charge, not less than the resident tuition rate, to be paid in full or in part by a third party for the delivery of courses or programs to a defined group of students. Paid by a third party means payment is made from an external source, including an employer, business or industry, or grant or contract funds. The Chancellor may, upon application of an institution and documentation of special circumstances, approve a charge less than the resident tuition rate.

  7. Institutions may charge for earned credit as follows:
    1. Course Challenge: A charge to students who elect to earn credit for a course through testing rather than regular enrollment, not to exceed fifty percent of the regular resident or nonresident per credit hour tuition charge for the course. This fee does not apply to students who earn credit by taking a standardized test for credit or advanced placement.
    2. Articulation: A charge approved by the Chancellor, on a per credit hour basis, to students seeking postsecondary credit pursuant to articulation agreements with secondary schools.
    3. Attached Credit: A charge, not to exceed fifty percent of the regular resident or nonresident per credit hour tuition charge, for attached credit.
    4. Prior Learning Credit: A charge approved by the Chancellor, not to exceed fifty percent of the regular resident or nonresident per credit hour tuition charge, for prior learning credit.

  8. Institutions may assess a charge for non-degree credit and non-credit classes for which students do not earn academic credit that may be applied to a degree, including attached credit courses and institutionally-sponsored professional development activities.

  9. For purposes of this section:
    1. "Attached credit" means credit for instruction sponsored or approved by an institution taught by an instructor not employed or paid by the institution.
    2. Degree credit, non-degree credit, developmental coursework and non-credit institutional activity are defined in NDUS Procedure 441.


Reference: NDUS Procedure - 441   805.1  

Reference: N.D.C.C. ch. 52-08

History:
New policy, SBHE minutes, December 2, 1985; Amendment, SBHE minutes, June 16, 2000; Amendment, SBHE minutes, September 26, 2002; Amendment, SBHE minutes, May 14, 2009; Amendment, SBHE minutes, November 17, 2011; Amendment, SBHE minutes, April 26, 2018.
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