All NDSCS degree-seeking students (full-time or part-time) who are enrolled at NDSCS for Fall 2021 semester and can verify they are fully vaccinated will receive $100.
To be eligible, students must be fully vaccinated (both shots of Pfizer/Moderna or one shot of J&J/Janssen) by October 15, 2021.
- Due to Pfizer/Moderna vaccinations requiring multiple weeks between the first and second vaccinations students should plan to get their first Pfizer/Moderna vaccination no later than September 15.
- The following students are NOT eligible: benefitted employees who are taking classes at NDSCS; Early Entry students, collaborative students whose home institution is not NDSCS; Tri-College students whose home campus is not NDSCS.
Students requesting the $100 HEERF Incentive must complete the HEERF III Vaccination Verification Request Form. NDSCS Student Health Service and their trained designees will verify the vaccination through the corresponding state health department registry.
Students who were vaccinated outside of Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, will need to upload proof of vaccination into the request form. Proof of vaccination may be obtained through the student’s state registry. COVID cards will NOT be accepted due to fraudulent activity.
Once a student's vaccination status has been verified, the NDSCS Business Office will be notified to issue the $100 to the student through their NDSCS account (check or direct deposit). This process could take up to two weeks pending volume. NOTE: the payment will be paid directly to the student via direct deposit or check; it will not be applied against tuition and fee charges.
Vaccination Incentive FAQs
Q. How much is the incentive?
Q: Can I get the incentive ($100) if I already received the vaccine(s)?
A: Yes, submit the HEERF III Vaccination Verification Request Form by the deadline to receive the incentive ($100).
Q. Do I need to get the vaccinations before I’m eligible for payment?
A. Yes, before you qualify for payment, you must have already received two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations or one shot of the J&J/Janssen vaccination. Vaccinations received in other countries by international students may also qualify.
Q. Why do I need both shots to receive the incentive?
A. The greatest immunity is obtained when receiving both shots, even if you previously tested positive for COVID.
Q. Is there a deadline for eligibility?
A. Yes, all vaccinations must be received by October 15, 2021, and you must complete the HEERF III Vaccination Verification Request Form by October 31, 2021.
Q. How do I receive the incentive?
A. Each student will need to submit a [request form] to receive the incentive. Once Student Health and Counseling verifies the vaccination status of the student, they will notify the NDSCS Business Office to issue the $100 payment to the student.
- Note: The payment will be paid directly to the student via direct deposit or check and will not be applied against tuition and fee charges
Q. What proof will I need to show to get my payment?
A. Students who received their vaccination in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana only need to submit the request form with complete information provided. Vaccinations will be verified by NDSCS Student Health through the corresponding state health department registry.
All other students will need to upload proof of vaccination into the request form. Proof of vaccination may be obtained from the student’s state registry. To request this information, please visit the state registry where you received your vaccine. COVID cards will not be accepted due to fraudulent activity.
Q. When will I receive the payment?
A. We plan to have payments processed within two weeks of your submittal of the request form if no problems were encountered in verifying the vaccination.
If your vaccination incentive has been approved, you will receive an email from the Business Office that your payment was disbursed. If your vaccination incentive was denied because you do not have adequate documentation of full vaccine coverage, you will receive a notification from Student Health.
Q. Are all students eligible?
A. All NDSCS degree-seeking students (full-time or part-time) enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester are eligible. The following students are NOT eligible:
- Benefitted employees who are taking classes at NDSCS;
- Early Entry students;
- Collaborative students who home institution is not NDSCS;
- Tri-College students whose home campus is not NDSCS.
Q. Are student-employees eligible? What about employees who take classes?
A. Student-employees are eligible. However, benefited employees who take classes are not eligible.
Q. Will my information be confidential?
A. Information maintained by NDSCS about the incentive program will be covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and will be kept confidential by NDSCS. However, payment will be made through NDSCS and the payment will show as “HEERF Incentive”. Parents or others who have access to your financial information may be able to see this payment.
Q. How can I get a vaccine?
A. Please visit the Testing and Vaccination Information webpage for information on vaccine opportunities.
Q. Where is the incentive money coming from?
A. The federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) institutional funds.
Q: I am concerned about the getting the vaccine. Where can I find credible information about the vaccine?
A: ND Department of Health: vaccine video resource library and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: vaccine safety