Limited tuition rate increases in North Dakota in recent years are a factor as other states have instituted significant tuition increases to offset state budget shortfalls. Tuition rate freezes for three years at North Dakota's two-year campuses has helped to narrow the regional gap. Controlled tuition increases, another form of financial aid that benefits all North Dakota students, would not have been possible without the support of the Governor and legislature.
The report outlines a number of factors to consider when examining the affordability of public higher education in North Dakota:
Tuition and fees at UND and NDSU, on the average, are $920 or 11.4 percent less than regional counterparts and MiSU's tuition and fees are $307 or 5.1 percent less than the regional average. The average rate at the other regional four-year campuses is $219 or 3.9 percent less than regional counterparts.
Tuition and fees at all NDUS four-year campuses, as a percentage of median North Dakota household income, are lower than the regional average.
Tuition and fees range from 29 to 40 percent of the total estimated student cost while room, board, books, supplies, travel and other expenses account for the remaining 60 to 71 percent of the cost.
During 2010-11, more than 70 percent of North Dakota University System students received some form of financial aid, including federal and state need-based financial aid, loans and other institutional aid.