Costs at NDSCS - Know Before You Owe

NDSCS operates on the semester system. This means that students will pay major expenses at the beginning of each semester – September, January and June. Tuition rate and fees are based upon where you live and the number of credits you take.

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Calculate Your Specific Costs

Make sure to use the Cost Estimate Sheet below to calculate your specific costs for the 2017-2018 academic year, based on your selection of program, classes, residence hall, dining plan, etc.

The information below provides useful information relating to the sections within the Cost Estimate Worksheet. 

Financial Aid Note: When applying for financial aid, the Estimated Average Annual Budget Sheet will show you what your financial aid budget for one academic year would be, taking a16-credit course load per semester, including any additional costs by program. Click here to view the financial aid Estimated Average Annual Budget.

Tuition & Per-Credit Fees

ResidencyTuition Per CreditTuition & Fees* Per Credit
N.D. Resident$130.82$161.67
MN with Reciprocity (estimated rate, final rate available July 2016)$146.52$177.37
Manitoba, Montana, Saskatchewan and South Dakota Residents$163.53$194.38
MSEP or WUE Resident$196.23$227.08
Other Non-Residents and Other Canadian Providences$349.29$380.14

*Per-credit fees are capped at 12 credits.

Fees per credit include: Student Service Fee $16.09, ConnectND Fee $5.50, Tech Fee $7.22, Assessment Fee $1, NDSA Fee $0.04 and Placement Fee $1.

Additional course and/or program fees may be charged based on the student's enrollment. Please refer to these categories below for additional information.

Additional Costs by Program

​Students in a number of academic programs should plan for additional expenses as part of their education. These added expenses include professional-quality tools and equipment such as laptop computers and required supplies such as uniforms and special books.

Students enrolled in the following programs should add the corresponding amounts to their estimated expenses. A (1) indicates the first year of a program and a (2) indicates the second year.

ProgramAdditional Cost
Agriculture (1)$366
Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology (1)$1,960
Associate in Science in Nursing (1)$1,960
Auto Body Repair and RefinishingTechnology (1)$4,858
Auto Body Repair and RefinishingTechnology (2)$1,036
Automotive Technology (1)$7,722
Automotive Technology (2)$1,116
Building Construction Technology (1)$1,440
Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician (1)$6,464
Construction Management Technology (1)$1810
Culinary Arts (1)$1,368
Culinary Arts (2)$1,160
Dental Assisting (1)$3,768
Dental Assisting (2)$500
Dental Hygiene (1)$6,276
Dental Hygiene (2)$4,226
Diesel Technology (1)$7,350
Diesel Technology (2)$856
Electrical Technology (1)$2,232
Electrical Technology (2)$900
Emergency Medical Technician$404
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) (1)$3,484
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) (2)$2,950
HVAC/R Technology (1)$3,870
Information and Communications Technology$1,810
John Deere Technology (1)$6,694
Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology (1)$2,110
Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology (2)$300
Master Tech (Automotive/Diesel)$360
Occupational Therapy Assistant (1)$1,000
Occupational Therapy Assistant (2)$930
Pathway - On Campus$5,269
Pathway - At Home$3,071
Powersports Technology (1)$6,356
Powersports Technology (2)$720
Practical Nursing (1)$2,900
Practical Nursing (2)$850
Precision Machining Technology (1)$3,560
Precision Machining Technology (2)$1,325
Robotics Automation & Mechatronics Technology (1)$2,400
Robotics Automation & Mechatronics Technology (2)$300
Welding Technology (1)$2,024
Welding Technology (2)$640

Course Fees

A number of NDSCS classes assess special course fees to offset the cost of specific materials or technology needs. See the file below for course fees (excerpt from the NDSCS Catalog).

Housing & Dining

Visit Residential Life and Dining Services for more details.


2017-2018 Room Rates per Semester
Residence HallDoubleSingle*
Robertson, Walton and Schulz$1,410$1,945
Robertson, Walton and Schulz (Corner)$1,615$2,165
Nordgaard, Forkner and Riley$1,753$2,290
Nordgaard and Forkner Private$2,546NA

*Single and private rooms are available on a limited basis.

2017-2018 Apartment Rates per Semester
Apartment ComplexDoubleSingle
Northwest or Southeast Apartments$1,170$2,340
College Townhomes$1,492$2,985
Dining Plans
Dining PlanNumber of Meals per Week on AverageCost per SemesterYearly Cost

*Includes: 10 parent/guest meals per semester, plus $50 in Dining Dollars for use in the Wild Grounds Cafe, Flickertail Dining Room or NDSCS Bookstore.
**Includes: 10 parent/guest meals per semester.
***Includes: 5 parent/guest meals per semester.

Online & Distance Education

Tuition Per CreditTuition & Fees* Per Credit
Online/Distance Education$130.82$195.53

*Per-credit fees are capped at 12 credits.

Fees per credit include: Distance Access Fee $49.95, ConnectND Fee $5.50, Tech Fee $7.22, Assessment Fee $1.00, NDSA Fee $0.04 and Placement Fee $1.

Some online NDSCS programs charge program fees. These fees are charged each semester the student is enrolled in the program. Online programs charging program fees are listed below:

Program NamePart TimeFull Time*
Health Information Technician$4.17 per credit$50 per semester
HIT - Medical Coding$4.17 per credit$50 per semester
Pharmacy Technician$12.50 per credit$150 per semester

*Up to 12 credits per semester.

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