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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 2021

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at 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 $14,810 and the average private school would be $19,924. 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 seem 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 the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
    • Tax planning
    • Student work
Cost of North Dakota Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. 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 (2018-19)
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 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. 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 $19,102 ND Private $31,826
$0 - $30k $8,693 $14,389
$30,001 – $48k $9,407 $15,652
$48,001 – $75k $12,241 $17,095
$75,001 – $110k $14,810 $19,924
$110,001+ $15,335 $20,829

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 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $3,992 $4,160
    Room and Board $6,284 $6,735
    Books $1,000 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,400 $3,400
    Total $14,676 $15,395
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,205 $6,509
    $30,001 - $48k $6,514 $6,833
    $48,001 - $75k $9,211 $9,662
    $75,001 - $110k $11,357 $11,913
    $110,001+ $12,020 $12,609
  • Dickinson State University

    Dickinson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $6,768 $7,784
    Room and Board $7,298 $7,268
    Books $1,200 $1,260
    Other Expenses $3,566 $3,612
    Total $18,832 $19,924
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,402 $8,889
    $30,001 - $48k $7,955 $8,416
    $48,001 - $75k $9,119 $9,648
    $75,001 - $110k $14,008 $14,820
    $110,001+ $14,657 $15,507
  • Mayville State University

    Mayville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $6,666 $7,049
    Room and Board $7,840 $8,015
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,100 $3,100
    Total $18,606 $19,164
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,679 $7,909
    $30,001 - $48k $10,298 $10,607
    $48,001 - $75k $13,323 $13,723
    $75,001 - $110k $14,684 $15,124
    $110,001+ $15,225 $15,682
  • Minot State University

    Minot
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,064 $7,592
    Room and Board $6,610 $7,144
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,550 $3,550
    Total $18,324 $19,386
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,923 $9,440
    $30,001 - $48k $8,187 $8,661
    $48,001 - $75k $11,401 $12,062
    $75,001 - $110k $13,960 $14,769
    $110,001+ $14,226 $15,050
  • University of North Dakota

    Grand Forks
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,695 $9,736
    Room and Board $8,974 $9,444
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,422 $3,424
    Total $22,091 $23,604
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,092 $11,852
    $30,001 - $48k $11,916 $12,732
    $48,001 - $75k $15,109 $16,144
    $75,001 - $110k $17,409 $18,601
    $110,001+ $17,781 $18,999
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus

    Fargo
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,414 $9,754
    Room and Board $8,822 $9,078
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,400 $3,400
    Total $22,436 $23,032
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,524 $11,830
    $30,001 - $48k $12,544 $12,877
    $48,001 - $75k $15,686 $16,103
    $75,001 - $110k $18,389 $18,877
    $110,001+ $18,915 $19,417
  • Valley City State University

    Valley City
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,626 $7,707
    Room and Board $6,446 $6,610
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,578 $3,636
    Total $18,750 $19,053
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,026 $7,140
    $30,001 - $48k $8,434 $8,570
    $48,001 - $75k $11,840 $12,031
    $75,001 - $110k $13,866 $14,090
    $110,001+ $14,519 $14,754

Private ND Schools Cost Breakdown

  • University of Jamestown

    Jamestown
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $21,976 $22,428
    Room and Board $7,886 $7,886
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,200 $3,200
    Total $34,362 $34,814
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,824 $16,032
    $30,001 - $48k $17,857 $18,092
    $48,001 - $75k $19,807 $20,068
    $75,001 - $110k $22,156 $22,447
    $110,001+ $21,016 $21,292
  • University of Mary

    Bismarck
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $18,444 $19,074
    Room and Board $7,034 $7,540
    Books $1,262 $1,286
    Other Expenses $2,550 $2,600
    Total $29,290 $30,500
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,953 $13,488
    $30,001 - $48k $13,446 $14,001
    $48,001 - $75k $14,382 $14,976
    $75,001 - $110k $17,691 $18,422
    $110,001+ $20,641 $21,494
 

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