Costs & Aid

At Northern, more than 90 percent of students receive some form of financial aid, totaling more than $18.5 million annually. NSU offers several types of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study.

To receive financial assistance from NSU, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To receive maximum consideration for financial aid, apply no later than March 1 of the year you wish to enroll. Most aid is awarded on the basis of need.

Northern's Net Price Calculator is a good place to start as you plan how to best finance your education.

FAFSA

Get help paying for college by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. NSU's school code is 003466.

Two changes to the FAFSA will take effect for the 2017-18 school year:

1. The FAFSA will be available earlier (October 1 instead of January 1).

2. The FAFSA will collect income information from an earlier tax year.

Simply put, the 2017-18 FAFSA is available now. This application collects 2015 tax information, and most people will be able to transfer their tax numbers from the IRS directly to their FAFSA. Students who wish to receive aid for the 2017-18 academic year should complete their application as soon as possible.

Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be filed beginning Oct. 1 each year.

March 1

Applications submitted before March 1 are given priority consideration for federal supplemental grants, federal work-study, and federal Perkins loans. List the NSU school code of 003466 on your FAFSA.

WolfPACT Scholarship

Northern State University's WolfPACT Scholarship is the largest

guaranteed scholarship in the Midwest!

 

  • Students with an ACT of 30 or higher are guaranteed $12,000 over 4 years
  • ACT scores of 28 or 29 qualify for $11,000 over 4 years
  • Scores of 24 to 27 qualify for $7,000 over 4 years
  • Scores of 21 to 23 receive $5,000 over 4 years

Learn More

 

Scholarships
Scholarships may be awarded for academic excellence, to recognize and encourage development in a particular field of study, or for extraordinary artistic or athletic talent.
 
Northern State University's WolfPACT scholarship for incoming freshmen is the largest guaranteed scholarship in South Dakota. Northern is offering more money to college students when they need it the most!

Downloadable forms related to NSU financial aid

Links to U.S. Department of Education and IRS resources, exit loan counseling, alternative lenders and more

Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, SDEAF and SDNBG grants

Information on the Federal Perkins, Direct Stafford and PLUS loans, and alternative loan options

Federal workstudy, student labor, S.D. Department of Labor, NSU Wolfwork and more

Education benefits available for veterans, active military members and their dependents

NSU's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and how it affects financial aid

NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles and NSU's Code of Conduct as it relates to federal financial aid

2016-2017 COSTS
Tuition
$6,984
Fees
$903
Room
$3,445
Meal Plan
$3,539
Books/Supplies
$1,200
$16,071
Estimated Yearly Total for SD/ND/Iowa Resident
Tuition
$8,105
Fees
$903
Room
$3,445
Meal Plan
$3,539
Books/Supplies
$1,200
$17,192
Estimated Yearly Tuition for Minnesota Resident
Tuition
$9,900
Fees
$903
Room
$3,445
Meal Plan
$3,539
Books/Supplies
$1,200
$18,987
Estimated Yearly Total for Non-Resident
Children of NSU Alumni Legacy Award Tuition Rate

Children of Northern State University alumni may qualify to pay in-state tuition for their undergraduate degree.

Costs per Credit Hour
Costs below do not reflect fees. See Fees for information.
Resident
$232.80
​State Employee, ROTC, Teacher Certification
​$116.40
​Over 65
$128.05
​North Dakota or Iowa student attending NSU (freshmen and first-time transfers)
$232.80
​Non-Resident
$330.00
​Minnesota Reciprocity (thru Summer 2016 term)
​$270.15
Costs below do not reflect fees. See Fees for information.
Resident
                                                                         ​
​$304.60
​State Employee, Teacher Certification
​$152.30
​Graduate Assistant
​$161.45
​Over 65
​$167.55
​Non-Resident
​$576.00
​Minnesota Reciprocity (thru Summer 2016 term)
​$441.35
Costs below reflect both tuition and fees.
Undergraduate Internet
​$333.35
​Undergraduate Distance Education and Centers
​$333.35
​Undergraduate Remedial
​$333.35
Undergraduate Teacher Certification
​$216.95
​Graduate Internet
​$442.05
​Graduate Distance Education and Centers
​$442.05
​Graduate Assistant Internet
​$298.90
​Externally Supported
 
​$298.90
​Graduate Teacher Certification ​$289.75