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.

Estimated Average Annual Costs

These estimates are used for Financial Aid budgets and will give you a general idea of what one academic year (fall and spring semesters) taking a 16-credit course load costs at NDSCS.

Calculate Your Specific Costs

Make sure to use the Cost Estimate Sheet below to calculate your specific costs for the 2016-2017 academic year, based on your selection of program, classes, residence hall, dining plan, etc.

See information below for additional costs and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Tuition & Per-Credit Fees

ResidencyTuition Per CreditTuition & Fees* Per Credit
N.D. Resident$125.79$155.29
MN with Reciprocity (estimated rate, final rate available July 2016)$140.88$170.38
Manitoba, Montana, Saskatchewan and South Dakota Residents$157.24$186.74
MSEP or WUE Resident$188.69$218.19
Other Non-Residents and Other Canadian Providences$335.85$365.35

*Per-credit fees are capped at 12 credits.

Fees per credit include: Student Service Fee $15.24, ConnectND Fee $5.50, Tech Fee $7.22, Assessment Fee $0.50, 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)$352
Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology (1)$1,896
Associate in Science in Nursing (1)$1,950
Auto Body Repair and RefinishingTechnology (1)$4,743
Auto Body Repair and RefinishingTechnology (2)$1,035
Automotive Technology (1)$7,319
Automotive Technology (2)$960
Building Construction Technology (1)$1,421
Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician (1)$6,332
Construction Management Technology (1)$1,771
Culinary Arts (1)$1,248
Culinary Arts (2)$1,040
Dental Assisting (1)$3,768
Dental Assisting (2)$500
Dental Hygiene (1)$6,275
Dental Hygiene (2)$4,226
Diesel Technology (1)$7,062
Diesel Technology (2)$700
Electrical Technology (1)$2,231
Electrical Technology (2)$900
Emergency Medical Technician$404
HVAC/R Technology (1)$3,608
Information and Communications Technology$1,771
John Deere Technology (1)$6,562
Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology (1)$2,071
Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology (2)$300
Master Tech (Automotive/Diesel)$240
Occupational Therapy Assistant (1)$950
Occupational Therapy Assistant (2)$930
Paramedic Technology (1)$3,484
Paramedic Technology (2)$2,950
Pathway - On Campus$4,279
Pathway - At Home$3,063
Pharmacy Technician (1)$550
Powersports Technology (1)$5,122
Powersports Technology (2)$600
Practical Nursing (1)$2,900
Practical Nursing (2)$850
Precision Machining Technology (1)$3,598
Precision Machining Technology (2)$1,325
Robotics Automation & Mechatronics Technology (1)$2,372
Robotics Automation & Mechatronics Technology (2)$300
Welding Technology (1)$1,841
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

2016-2017 Rates

Visit Residential Life and Dining Services for more details.

Room Rates
Room TypeCost per SemesterYearly Cost
Robertson, Walton and Schulz Double$1,356$2,712
Nordgaard, Forkner and Riley Double$1,686$3,372
Nordgaard and Forkner Private$2,449$4,898
Apartment Rates
Apartment TypeSemester Rates
Northwest or Southeast College Complex - Double$1,125
Northwest or Southeast College Complex - Single$2,250
36 College Complex - Double$1,435
36 College Complex - Single$2,871
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 Campus Connection or Flickertail Dining Room.
**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$125.79$190

*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 $0.50, 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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