Scholarships & Waivers
We award more than 3,300 academic scholarships totaling nearly $8.1 million each year.
What is the difference between scholarships and waivers?
Scholarships are monetary gifts, which means you don't need to repay them or earn the funds by working. Scholarships are considered part of your financial aid package, and they may replace some or all of your financial aid eligibility. You may qualify for different scholarships based on your financial need, academic success and other factors.
Waivers are similar to scholarships in that they're used to offset college expenses and don't need to be paid back.
UND Student Scholarships
The best way to search and apply for undergraduate, graduate and law scholarships is to use Scholarship Central. Medical school students should consult the School of Medicine & Health Sciences for scholarships.
You must be accepted to UND before you can apply for scholarships in Scholarship Central. All scholarships are subject to change. Funding for these awards is limited and not guaranteed.
Apply for 975+ scholarships with one application. The 2023-24 application is now open.
Automatic Scholarships for New Students
If you meet the criteria, submit your admissions application and send your official transcript to UND by the priority deadline, you'll automatically be awarded a scholarship.
Receive Up to $14,000 in Freshman Scholarships
If you meet the criteria and submit your completed admissions application by the Feb. 1 priority deadline for the upcoming fall semester, you'll automatically be awarded one of the following academic scholarships.
|Unweighted High School GPA||Freshman
for a max of 4 years
for a max of 4 years
You're eligible to receive one automatic scholarship award based on your unweighted, cumulative high school GPA. You must be an incoming fall semester, full-time student and enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester to qualify. Renewal criteria apply. All scholarships are subject to change. As funding is available for the upcoming fall semester, scholarships may be awarded after the Feb. 1 priority deadline.
Receive Up to $2,000 in Transfer Scholarships
If you meet the criteria and submit your completed admissions application by the April 15 priority deadline for the upcoming fall semester, you'll automatically be awarded one of the following academic scholarships.
|3.90 - 4.00||$2,000
|3.50 - 3.89||$1,000
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 an incoming fall semester, full-time student and enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester to qualify. All scholarships are subject to change. As funding is available for the upcoming fall semester, scholarships may be awarded after the April 15 priority deadline.
Scholarships are available through a variety of sources including the federal government, the state of North Dakota and outside organizations. You may accept non-UND scholarships without affecting UND scholarships.
National Merit Scholarships
New Student - National Merit Scholars
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 scholarship equivalent to full tuition and mandatory student fees (renewable for up to 3 additional years if criteria are met).
This scholarship is in addition to other UND scholarships and waivers you're eligible to receive (up to the full cost of attendance).
Current Student - National Scholarships
National scholarships provide high-performing students exceptional opportunities to experience learning and academic training at the highest levels. Let us help you apply.
Aid for North Dakota Students
The state of North Dakota provides aid to high-achieving students, including:
- North Dakota Scholars Program
- North Dakota Academic Scholarship
- North Dakota Dual-Credit Tuition Scholarship
- North Dakota Career & Technical Education Scholarship
- North Dakota Indian Scholarship Program
- North Dakota Board of Nursing - Nursing Ed Loan
There are many resources that offer access to scholarship information. Use the scholarship search engines listed below as an effective way to gain access to many scholarships.
- College Scholarships
- Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
- Scholarship Experts
Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate, and remember that you don't have to pay to get scholarships or other financial aid.
The University of North Dakota recognizes the educational benefit of a diverse student population and has developed a policy 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, and other under-represented groups and economically disadvantaged students.
Who is eligible for the Cultural Diversity Scholarship?
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:
- Member of a historically underrepresented population (African American/Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Latino/a/x, Hispanic American or Multiracial)
- Incoming freshman with a high school GPA of 3.00 or higher, OR transfer student from a tribal college with 24 or more college credits, AND a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or higher
- Enrolled as an on-campus student at UND
- Be a United States citizen
- Demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
What funding can I receive through the Cultural Diversity Scholarship Program?
Effective Fall 2022, undergraduate students are eligible for up to $2750 per semester, or $5500 per academic year. Scholarships will be awarded up to but not exceeding the cost of UND in-state tuition. Scholarships do not include flight fees, application fees, books, room, board, or other costs of attendance. In some cases, partial scholarships may be awarded. Please note that online tuition cannot be waived through this program.
How do I apply for the Cultural Diversity Scholarship?
Visit Scholarship Central to apply. Applications are considered on a chronological basis, using a timestamp, until award funds are depleted.
Scholarship Renewal Requirements
The duration of the Cultural Diversity scholarship is up to 120 total credits, first bachelors' degree or eight semesters (fall/spring) as long as renewal criteria has been met. In addition to the criteria below, Campus Connection must list the individual's ethnicity as being an approved under-represented population (African American/Black, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American).
- Earn 12 credit hours per semester
- Maintain a 2.75 Institutional Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Meet with CDS Advisor | 2 visits per semester
- Meet with Academic Advisor | 1 visit per semester
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.
Organizations that aren't affiliated with UND can be a great source of funding for your education. Ask your school counselor about awards for graduating seniors.
You may also find scholarships or other forms of financial assistance through:
- Your place of worship or other religious communities
- Local branches of organizations such as the Rotary Club or Kiwanis
- Other organizations, such as Army ROTC, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and North Dakota National Guard
- Your parents' employers
- Your employer
Where to Send Scholarship Checks
Scholarship checks should be mailed to:
One-Stop Student Services
2901 University Av Stop 7155
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7155
One-Stop Student Services offers a drop box if you need to turn in a scholarship check. If you do not have a check to mail, please let us know about your scholarship early by completing the Outside Aid Reporting Form.
External scholarships must be accounted for in your financial aid package. If you have questions regarding how your award may impact other financial aid you have received, please contact One-Stop.
Emergency scholarships exist to assist UND students in resolving barriers to their success for which financial support is needed.
Angel Fund Scholarship
Limited financial support from the Angel Fund is available to students enrolled in the current semester at UND in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs who are making satisfactory progress in their academic program.
In order to be eligible to receive support from the Angel Fund, students must be in Academic Good Standing, as defined by the UND Academic Catalog, and not on Conduct Probation, as defined by the UND Code of Student Life.
For more information, or to apply for the Angel Fund scholarship, visit view the Angel Fund Request Form.
Open Door Scholarship
The UND Open Door Scholarship provides tuition assistance to help students finish their degrees. UND Student Finance will take into account the unique financial situation of students who apply and award a one-time scholarship to those who qualify.
This scholarship is intended to help students facing financial hardship due to an unforeseen dire circumstance. Examples may include sudden illness, loss of an immediate family member, and unexpected loss of income.
Students who are eligible to be considered for the Open Door Scholarship must:
- Be an admitted undergraduate, graduate or professional student in a degree-seeking program.
- Have completed a FAFSA for the academic year and have financial need, based on FAFSA information (only if student is U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident).
- Be enrolled for the current semester.
- Be in good academic standing.
- Have exhausted other options for financial assistance, including Federal and PLUS
loans, and private educational loans.
- For more information on additional loan options, visit our loans page.
If you are a student who meets all of the above criteria, has no other option for financial assistance as described above, and would like to be considered for this award, please complete the electronic Open Door Scholarship Application in Campus Connection.
Once submitted, please allow 10-15 business days for Student Finance to review your request. You will be notified through your UND email account whether or not you have qualified for the scholarship. Student Finance may also request additional information in order to evaluate your situation.
Please note that this scholarship, if placed on a student's account, could impact other financial aid received.
Access the Open Door Scholarship via Campus Connection
- Login into Campus Connection
- Select UND E-Forms
- Select Student Finance
- Select Open Door Scholarship
Employee, Spouse and Dependent Tuition Waiver
UND employees and their family members are eligible for tuition waivers.