Undergraduate Scholarships & Waivers

At UND, we believe that outstanding academic achievements deserve to be rewarded.

That's why we award more than 2,000 scholarships to qualified students annually. Thanks to alumni and donors, academic scholarships total nearly $7.8 million each year.

New and transfer students should apply early! If you meet the criteria and submit your completed application by the priority deadline dates, you'll automatically be awarded one of the following academic scholarship programs

Automatic scholarships are awarded to outstanding freshmen who are admitted to the University by the priority deadline of February 1. Scholarships are awarded based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores received by February 1. No separate application is required.

Priority Deadline for fall semester: Feb. 1

ACT / SAT Scores*
(SAT = Math & Evidence-Based Reading & Writing)  
Weighted, Cumulative 
High School GPA or GED Test Scores
Scholarship Award
32-36 ACT
1420-1600 SAT
(or 1400+**)
3.65+ GPA
173 GED
($3,000 / year
for a maximum of 4 years)
29-31 ACT
1330-1410 SAT
(or 1290-1390**)
3.65+ GPA
170 GED
($2,500 / year
for a maximum of 4 years)
25-36 ACT
1210-1600 SAT
(or 1130+**)
3.50+ GPA
167 GED
($1,500 / year
for a maximum of 4 years) 
22-24 ACT
1100-1190 SAT
3.50+ GPA
165 GED

You're eligible to receive one scholarship award based on your weighted, cumulative GPA and official test scores. You must be a full-time student enrolled in at least 15 credits per semester to qualify. Renewal criteria apply. All scholarships are subject to change. As funding is available, scholarships will be awarded after the priority deadline.

*If you have taken the ACT or SAT multiple times, your
top score from each section of either the ACT or SAT (regardless of exam date) will be used to determine your composite “superscore” for scholarship eligibility. Be sure to send UND all of your test scores for consideration.

**Required score if you took the SAT exam
prior to March 5, 2016.

This scholarship is an automatic, one-year award for qualifying students who transfer to UND. You must be a new transfer student admitted by the priority deadline of April 15, enroll full-time (15 or more credits) and have transferred in fewer than 125 credits. GPA's are determined by UND Registrar's Office from the coursework that transfers to UND.

Priority Deadline for fall semester: April 15

College GPA
Transfer Student
Scholarship Award
3.9 - 4.0 GPA $2,000
($1,000 / semester)
3.5 - 3.89 GPA $1,000
($500 / semester)

Scholarships are awarded based on your cumulative GPA for all credits transferred to UND as calculated by the UND Registrar's Office. Students transferring more than 125 credits to UND will not qualify for the scholarship. You must be a full-time student enrolled in at least 15 credits per semester to qualify. All scholarships are subject to change. As funding is available, scholarships will be awarded after the deadline.

Scholarship Central

After you've been accepted to UND, you can search and apply for additional scholarships through Scholarship Central. We list all available scholarships, requirement and application dates. Bonus: use one application to apply for over 800+ scholarships.

Keep in mind that all scholarships are subject to change. Funding for these awards is limited and not guaranteed through the deadline dates.

Additional Scholarships/Waivers

You may also qualify for additional UND scholarships and tuition waiver programs. See the list below or search Scholarship Central for details. You may accept non-UND scholarships without affecting UND scholarships.

If you're a National Merit Scholar Finalist or Semi-Finalist from North Dakota or Minnesota and select UND as your first choice on the National Merit Application, you'll receive a UND tuition waiver equivalent to full tuition and mandatory student fees (renewable for up to 3 additional years if criteria are met). This waiver is in addition to other UND scholarships and waivers you're eligible to receive (up to the full cost of attendance).

This program provides financial assistance to students who've been accepted into a nursing education program approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

For additional details and to apply, complete the Nursing Education Loan application.

Apply through Scholarship Central

Per SBHE policy 820, the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver is meant to "promote enrollment of a culturally diverse student body, including members of Indian tribes and economically disadvantaged students, for the benefit of all students and the academic community, to promote the enrollment of graduate students and research, and for other purposes consistent with an institution's mission."  

The 2018-2019 Undergraduate Cultural Diversity Waiver Application opens November 1. Priority will be given based on the date and time stamp of the submitted application date.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the goal of the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver Program?

Recognizing the educational benefit of a diverse student population, the University of North Dakota adopted a Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver program. Special emphasis of this policy is to recruit, assist and retain enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives and Villages, American Indian graduates of tribally-controlled community colleges in North Dakota, all other under-represented groups and economically disadvantaged students.

Who is eligible for the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver?

You must meet one of the following definitions for eligibility under this program:

  1. Individuals historically under-represented (African American, American Indian, Asian American or Hispanic American).
  2. Incoming first-year students with a minimum high school GPA of 3.00 and a minimum 20 ACT/1020 SAT (math & reading) OR, transfer students, having earned 24 or more credits with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00 from a tribal college, are eligible to apply for the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver.
  3. Funding will be reviewed based on academic eligibility and when the application is received, priority in which it was received.
  4. Must be a United States Citizen.

What academic considerations are looked at for applicants of the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver?

  1. In order to be eligible for the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver, you must be an admitted, degree-seeking undergraduate first-time, full-time student or transfer student (having earned 24 or more credits and minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00) from a tribal college.  First-year applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.00 and a minimum 20 ACT/1020 SAT (math & reading).
  2. The application will open in Scholarship Central on November 1. Priority will be given based on the submitted application date, which includes timestamp, until all waivers have been given. 

What is the amount of funding that you can receive through the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver Program?

  1. Waivers will not exceed the amount of North Dakota in-state tuition. Tuition waivers do not include flight fees, application fees, books, board, room or other costs of attendance. In addition, partial waivers may be awarded.
  2. Online tuition will not be waived through this program. 
Freshman $2750 per semester/$5500 per academic year
Sophomore $2250 per semester/$4500 per academic year
Junior $1750 per semester/$3500 per academic year
Senior $1250 per semester/$2500 per academic year

The duration of the waiver is up to 120 total credits or eight semesters (fall/spring) as long as renewal criteria has been met.   What is the duration of the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver if a student is granted one?

Application deadline: March 1

If you plan to be a student-athlete on an intercollegiate sports team at UND, any scholarships you're awarded are subject to NCAA rules. You may not be able to accept every scholarship you are offered.

You must immediately report all scholarships to the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance by August 1.

The UND Disability Services for Students Office has a listing of opportunities available to pre-freshmen, new transfer students and currently enrolled UND students. Applicants must have a disability.

UND Employee Spouse and Dependent Tuition Waiver

Employees, their spouses and dependents are eligible for a tuition waiver. Additional information is available through Human Resources.

UND also provides information about various national scholarship programs.