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Net Price of North Dakota Colleges by Income

Cost of North Dakota Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $14,143 and the average private school would be $18,628. You can also get information on specific North Dakota schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of North Dakota Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of North Dakota (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $8,447
Room and Board $8,548
Books $1,000
Other Expenses $3,422
Total $21,417

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income ND Public $18,582 ND Private $30,979
$0 - $30k $8,937 $15,414
$30,001 – $48k $8,805 $14,609
$48,001 – $75k $12,166 $16,609
$75,001 – $110k $14,143 $18,628
$110,001+ $14,982 $20,457

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the North Dakota public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $5,000-$7,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in North Dakota. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public ND Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bismarck State College

    Bismarck
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,832 $3,992
    Room and Board $7,776 $6,284
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,400 $3,400
    Total $16,008 $14,676
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,763 $6,200
    $30,001 - $48k $7,132 $6,539
    $48,001 - $75k $9,883 $9,061
    $75,001 - $110k $12,339 $11,312
    $110,001+ $12,736 $11,676
  • Dickinson State University

    Dickinson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,554 $6,768
    Room and Board $6,724 $7,298
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,566
    Total $17,978 $18,832
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,705 $9,119
    $30,001 - $48k $7,253 $7,598
    $48,001 - $75k $10,282 $10,770
    $75,001 - $110k $12,892 $13,504
    $110,001+ $13,657 $14,306
  • Mayville State University

    Mayville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,456 $6,666
    Room and Board $6,516 $7,840
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,100 $3,100
    Total $17,072 $18,606
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,549 $10,407
    $30,001 - $48k $7,419 $8,086
    $48,001 - $75k $11,925 $12,997
    $75,001 - $110k $13,054 $14,227
    $110,001+ $14,755 $16,081
  • Minot State University

    Minot
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,810 $7,064
    Room and Board $6,344 $6,610
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,550
    Total $17,754 $18,324
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,900 $7,122
    $30,001 - $48k $8,768 $9,050
    $48,001 - $75k $10,776 $11,122
    $75,001 - $110k $12,769 $13,179
    $110,001+ $13,069 $13,489
  • University of North Dakota

    Grand Forks
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,447 $8,695
    Room and Board $8,548 $8,974
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,422 $3,422
    Total $21,417 $22,091
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,422 $12,813
    $30,001 - $48k $11,360 $11,718
    $48,001 - $75k $14,935 $15,405
    $75,001 - $110k $17,166 $17,706
    $110,001+ $18,147 $18,718
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus

    Fargo
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,666 $9,414
    Room and Board $8,586 $8,822
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,400 $3,400
    Total $21,452 $22,436
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,943 $11,445
    $30,001 - $48k $11,904 $12,450
    $48,001 - $75k $15,741 $16,463
    $75,001 - $110k $17,324 $18,119
    $110,001+ $18,401 $19,245
  • Valley City State University

    Valley City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,406 $7,626
    Room and Board $6,284 $6,446
    Books $1,200 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,578
    Total $18,390 $18,750
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,280 $7,423
    $30,001 - $48k $7,796 $7,949
    $48,001 - $75k $11,622 $11,850
    $75,001 - $110k $13,455 $13,718
    $110,001+ $14,112 $14,388

Private ND Schools Cost Breakdown

  • University of Jamestown

    Jamestown
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,158 $21,976
    Room and Board $7,350 $7,886
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,200 $3,200
    Total $33,008 $34,362
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,030 $18,770
    $30,001 - $48k $16,128 $16,790
    $48,001 - $75k $18,817 $19,589
    $75,001 - $110k $20,180 $21,008
    $110,001+ $21,380 $22,257
  • University of Mary

    Bismarck
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $18,224 $18,444
    Room and Board $6,970 $7,034
    Books $1,244 $1,262
    Other Expenses $2,511 $2,550
    Total $28,949 $29,290
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,797 $12,948
    $30,001 - $48k $13,090 $13,244
    $48,001 - $75k $14,400 $14,570
    $75,001 - $110k $17,075 $17,276
    $110,001+ $19,534 $19,764
 

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