Cultural Diversity Tuition Waivers

A waiver of tuition may be available to you if you are historically under-represented (including African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic American) or economically disadvantaged.

Applications must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline - April 15. The form will be posted here when available for the next academic year.

View the full Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver Policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A. 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.

Q. Who is eligible for the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver?

A. Applicant 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. Enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives and Villages as defined pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and as such constitute a political group officially recognized by the United States government.
  3. Persons who are economically disadvantaged, who are defined as persons who have a total family contribution not to exceed 25% of North Dakota resident tuition of the previous year based upon the federally prescribed need analysis formula.
  4. Applicants who receive funding from programs which pay full tuition will not be eligible for a Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver. Applicants who receive funding from programs that do not pay tuition or pay only a part of tuition may receive the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver, however, the amount of the tuition waiver may not exceed the amount of unpaid tuition.

Q. Is Special preference given to any specific ethnicity, race or background?

A. Yes, special preference for the Cultural Diversity Waiver will be given to:

  1. Enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives and Villages with particular emphasis to enrolled members of the Devils Lake Sioux Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
  2. American Indian graduates of North Dakota Tribal Colleges.
  3. Individuals who are economically disadvantaged.
  4. Incoming graduate students.

Q. What academic considerations are taken into consideration for applicants of the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver?

A. In order to be eligible for the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver, a student must:

  1. Be admitted to a program and be in approved status.
  2. Past academic performance will be used in ranking applications.
  3. Applications for renewal must demonstrate continued progress in their program.
  4. Generally, recipients should be enrolled full-time.

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

A. Waivers will not exceed the amount of 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.

Q. What is the duration of the Cultural Diversity Tuition waiver if I was to be granted one?

A. Awards will not exceed an academic year. In addition, recipients shall be limited to a maximum of two years as a masters graduate student, and a maximum of three years as a doctoral graduate student.