Cost to Attend North Dakota State University Main Campus

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North Dakota State University Main Campus
Fargo, North Dakota

Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

North Dakota State University Main Campus tuition is $8,275 per year for in-state residents. This is 12% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,357. The cost is 4% cheaper than the average North Dakota tuition of $8,585 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 9th in North Dakota amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 4th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $12,413 which represents a 50% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,479 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,754.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,078 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Fargo should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $800.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,400 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,400 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state North Dakota residents to go to NDSU is $23,032 for the 2019/2020 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have North Dakota residence can expect a one year cost of $27,170.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020 IPEDS survey response for North Dakota State University Main Campus and represent reported costs for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Costs and Tuition for North Dakota State University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
North Dakota Resident Total Budget $23,032
   In-State Tuition$8,275
   Other Fees$1,479
   Room and Board$9,078
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,400
   Books and Supplies$800
Non-Resident Total Budget $27,170
   Out-of-State Tuition$12,413
   Other Fees$1,479
   Room and Board$9,078
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,400
   Books and Supplies$800
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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,032 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported NDSU net price for in-state students is $16,330* for the 2018/2019 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

65% of North Dakota State University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2018/2019. The average total aid amount was $5,193. 23 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2018/2019 was $4,453. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend North Dakota State University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for North Dakota State University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,330*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid65%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,193
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants23%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,453

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$11,524
$30,001 to $48,000$12,544
$48,001 to $75,000$15,686
$75,001 to $110,000$18,389
$110,000+$18,915

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,032 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,032. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

26%
27%
46%
Grants and Scholarships
26% - $5,193

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, North Dakota State University Main Campus or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans
27% - $5,340

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket
46% -  $9,099

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2018/2019 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if NDSU is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 54/100 for North Dakota State University Main Campus. Considering an average net price paid of $13,284, this leads to an overall value ranking of 48/100. This places the school 551st on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. North Dakota State University Main Campus
University of North Dakota0.8% less expensive
South Dakota State University7% less expensive
University of Minnesota Duluth47.4% more expensive
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire11% less expensive
University of Wisconsin La Crosse8.3% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at North Dakota State University Main Campus.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at NDSU is $92,128 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $13,284 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $53,136**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $115,160 or $66,420 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2018/2019 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at North Dakota State University Main Campus.

North Dakota Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,138
North Dakota Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,516
Non-North Dakota Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,206
Non-North Dakota Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,585

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at North Dakota State University Main Campus are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at North Dakota State University Main Campus
Price per credit hour for North Dakota residents$341
Cost for one class for North Dakota residents (3 credit hours)$1,023
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$511
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,533
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,044

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 62% of North Dakota State University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,340.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for North Dakota State University Main Campus? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $53,136, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $60,837.13. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at North Dakota State University Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 65% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,284. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our North Dakota State University Main Campus student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

North Dakota State University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$506.98
Amount Borrowed$53,136.00
Interest Rate2.75%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,701.13
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$60,837.13

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend NDSU? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending North Dakota State University Main Campus, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $60,837.13 would be needed to afford a $506.98 monthly payment in the example $53,136.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to North Dakota State University Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,604 to $8,275. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.1%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $92,128.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for North Dakota State University Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2026$31,674$126,697
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2031$40,425$161,702
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2036 $51,594$206,377
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2039 $59,727$238,907

Calculators

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About North Dakota State University Main Campus

North Dakota State University Main Campus is a four year public college located in Fargo, North Dakota.  Full time enrollment is 11,269 and part time is 2,527. Learn more about getting accepted at North Dakota State University Main Campus at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
North Dakota State University Main Campus
1301 12th Avenue North
Fargo, North Dakota
58108-6050

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

North Dakota State University Main Campus is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

North Dakota State University Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200332 IPEDS survey data. Data last updated January 2021 and reflects academic year 2019/2020 costs reported by the school.