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ERIC Number: ED500730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Student Affordability Report
North Dakota University System
Historically, tuition and fee rates of all North Dakota University System (NDUS) institutions (except the 2-year campuses), have been less than their regional counterparts. Average tuition and fee increases at NDUS institutions were significantly higher than their regional counterparts in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. As a result, the gap between tuition and fee rates at all NDUS institutions (except the 2-year campuses), and their regional counterparts has narrowed, and the gap at the 2-year campuses has increased significantly since 2003-04. This reversed slightly in 2007-08, when average tuition and fee increases at NDUS institutions averaged lower overall than their regional counterparts' increases. Funding for the needs based state grant program has not kept pace with tuition increases, and has declined as a percent of estimated tuition collections. A number of additional factors to consider when examining the affordability of public higher education to North Dakota residents are suggested, including: (1) Tuition and fees, as a percentage of median North Dakota household income, are about 1 percent higher than the regional average for all NDUS campuses, except the two-year campuses, which are 2.5 percent higher than the regional average; (2) Data suggests that, when comparing NDUS institutions other than the two-year campuses to peer institutions, generally North Dakota's four-year institutions are still more affordable for those families who have the least ability to pay; tuition and fees continue to be significantly higher than the peer average at the two-year campuses for those families who have the least ability to pay; (3) Approximately 29-40 percent of NDUS students qualified for federal and state needs-based aid in 2006-07, a significant decrease from 2005-06; (4) State Grant funding as a percent of tuition collections has declined from more than 2 percent in 1989-91 to 1.88 percent in 2007-09; (5) In 2006-07, less than 17 percent of the qualified needy students who applied for a State Grant received funding due to a lack of adequate program funding; (6) During academic year 2006-07, 84 percent of the total State Grant funding was awarded to students who attend public and tribal post-secondary institutions, and 16 percent was awarded to private post-secondary institutions; (7) Total funding for Federal Pell Grant and campus-based financial aid has remained fairly steady between 1989-90 and 2006-07; and (8) Student loan borrowing for students who attend NDUS campuses has increased each year between 1989-90 and 2006-07. Five appendices are included: (1) History of Federal Financial Aid; (2) NDUS Campus Combined Loan, Grant/Campus-Based Financial Aid Information; (3) Average Student Loan Indebtedness by Year; (4) Tuition s a Percent of Income; and (5) Comparison of North Dakota, Regional and National Averages 2007-08 Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Required Fees. (Contains 5 figures and 18 tables.)
North Dakota University System. 600 East Boulevard Avenue Department 215, Bismarck, ND 58505-0230. Tel: 701-328-2960; Fax: 701-328-2961; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ. System, Bismarck.
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota