State of North Dakota Aid

All of the applications for the following North Dakota programs can be located at: http://www.ndus.edu/students/paying-for-college/grants-scholarships/

NORTH DAKOTA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

The North Dakota Legislative Assembly created these scholarships to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending an accredited North Dakota public, private or tribal college or university.

  • Amount: Total possible value is $6,000; $750 per semester. Scholarships are renewable for full-time students who maintain GPAs of 2.75 or higher. Full-time for this scholarship means enrollment in at least twelve credits during a student’s first two semesters and enrollment in at least fifteen credits during each semester thereafter or enrollment in the equivalent number of credits.
  • Who is eligible: Scholarship candidates must be North Dakota high school seniors, have GPAs of 3.0 or higher, complete the required program of study (see high school counselor for details), and earn composite scores of 24 or higher on the ACT. For more information about the scholarships, go to the ACT/WorkKeys and Scholarships area on the DPI website.
  • How to apply: ACT or WorkKeys assessments must be taken on or before February 12. Application form is available on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction website from March 5 to June 7.

NORTH DAKOTA CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

The North Dakota Legislature created these scholarships to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending an accredited North Dakota public, private or tribal college or university.

  • Amount: Total possible value is $6,000; $750 per semester. Scholarships are renewable for full-time students who maintain a college GPAs of 2.75 or higher. Full-time for this scholarship means enrollment in at least twelve credits during a student’s first two semesters and enrollment in at least fifteen credits during each semester thereafter or enrollment in the equivalent number of credits.
  • Who is eligible: Scholarship candidates must be North Dakota high school seniors, have GPAs of 3.0 or higher, complete the required program of study (see high school counselor for details), and earn composite scores of 24 or higher on the ACT or three 5s on the WorkKeys assessments. For more information about the scholarships, go to the ACT/WorkKeys and Scholarships area on the DPI website.
  • How to apply: The last day for taking either the ACT or the WorkKeys for scholarship eligibility is the national ACT test date in February. Any ACT tests taken later than the deadline have no guarantee that the results will be back by the June 6 deadline. Any official results for the ACT tests taken after the February deadline must be sent to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) by the student.Students must complete the application form posted on the DPI website by the deadline. The application period is generally March to early June. Questions on the application process should be directed to DPI.

 NORTH DAKOTA STATE INDIAN SCHOLARSHIP (NDSIS)

Based on scholastic ability and financial need, between 150 and 175 scholarships are available to enrolled members of North Dakota Indian tribes.

  • Amount: Scholarships range from $800 to $2,000 per academic year. Recipients must maintain GPAs of 2.0 or higher.
  • Who is eligible: Applicants must be North Dakota residents and enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe. They must be accepted for admission by a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program and be enrolled as full-time students.
  • How to apply: Download the application form or request an application from North Dakota University System at (701) 224-2541.

NORTH DAKOTA SCHOLARS PROGRAM

This program provides merit-based, full-tuition scholarships to North Dakota high school graduates who choose to earn undergraduate degrees in North Dakota.

  • Amount: This full-tuition scholarship is renewable for up to three years to any tribal or private college or University System college or university. Scholarships for students who attend private institutions equal the average tuition at a University System research university. Recipients must maintain cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Who is eligible: High school juniors who score in the upper fifth percentile of all North Dakota ACT test takers will be considered as a candidate for the Scholars award. Due to limited appropriation, not all students in the upper fifth percentile will be funded.
  • How to apply: Take the ACT Assessment between October and June of the junior year of high school. No separate application is required.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE STUDENT INCENTIVE GRANT (SSIG)

Also known as the State Grant Program, this program provides non-repayable grants to first-time undergraduate students who attend North Dakota’s public, private and tribal colleges.

  • Amount: North Dakota State Grants award up to $1,650 per academic year, based on enrollment status. Students may reapply each year by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Who is eligible: North Dakota high school graduates or GED recipients who meet campus admission requirements and enroll in North Dakota colleges or universities. Programs of study must be for at least one academic year. Additional eligibility information is available in NDUS Procedure 500.1
  • How to apply: The application is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Deadline for priority consideration is April 15, but applications are accepted until all funds are committed. Please note that the priority deadline here is only for the ND State Grant Program. It may not be the same as the priority consideration deadline for other financial aid awards at individual colleges and universities. Please contact the financial aid or admissions office on your campus for more information.