Students looking for North Dakota financial aid, in addition to federal financial aid, will be happy to know that there are several options. From grants and scholarships to work-study programs, institutions and universities throughout the state offer aid of their own. Here’s what you need to know.
First, File Your FAFSA®
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step in getting aid for college. You can file with Frank in only minutes and be on your way to gift awards towards your education. However, outside of the FAFSA®, some states offer their own aid with individual applications.
Apply for North Dakota Financial Aid
Most universities and colleges in North Dakota rely on funding from the federal government for grants and scholarships. However, depending on which college you attend, there could be additional applications and aid opportunities. Here’s a look at some of the options.
Indian Scholarship Program
The Indian Scholarship Program awards students up to $2000 each year if they are tribal members in North Dakota. To be eligible, you must complete high school with a 2.0 or higher and be a resident of North Dakota, in addition to a tribal member. The scholarship is awarded on the bases of both need and merit.
Tribal Higher Education Grant
If you are 1/4th Native American descent from a federally recognized tribe, you could be eligible for the Tribal Higher Education Grant. Grants are distributed based on need and you must reapply every year and be enrolled in college already.
Janet Monroe Wendschlag & Bryan John Wendschlag Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1989, this scholarship is for juniors or seniors who plan to get a degree in art, music, or elementary education. You must be a resident of North Dakota and have graduated from a high school within the state. The award is distributed based on need.
ACS Cancer Survivor College Scholarship
If you were diagnosed with cancer before age 21 and are currently under 25, you may be eligible for the ACS Cancer Survivor College Scholarship. The scholarships award $2500 to qualifying students and can be renewed for up to four years.
North Dakota Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded based on Merit including ACT scores of over 30 and a GPA of 3.5 or above. Typically, the amount is $1,500 and can be renewed for up to 4 years. If you have exhibited academic excellence throughout your high school career, it’s worth seeing if you’re eligible for this scholarship.
North Dakota financial aid is available through various scholarship programs and grants that require an application outside of the FAFSA®. Please do your research and ensure you’ve submitted all application materials.