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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in North Dakota

8 Colleges
$17,091 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.5 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Trying to decide what college is best for you is no easy matter. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best North Dakota Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 8 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in North Dakota. Quality is an important component in this ranking, so it is not just naming the schools with the cheapest price tag. Instead, it is identifying those institutions that offer the most value when taking their educational quality into consideration. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

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Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in North Dakota

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Our analysis found North Dakota State University - Main Campus to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in North Dakota in this year’s ranking. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school situated in Fargo, North Dakota. It awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At North Dakota State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,570 for students who receive aid. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is $79,592. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. North Dakota State University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges in North Dakota list.

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#2

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of North Dakota. The school came in at #2 in North Dakota on this year’s best value ranking. Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,231 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UND about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs students who receive aid about $18,392 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UND is about $84,419. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 3.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. UND also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges in North Dakota rankings.

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#3

Valley City State University

Valley City, North Dakota

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Valley City State University. The school came in at #3 in North Dakota on this year’s best value ranking. Located in Valley City, North Dakota, the small public school awarded 300 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Valley City State University is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $13,396 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Valley City State University is $59,076. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges for the Money in North Dakota list means University of Mary is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. UMary is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bismarck, North Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 532 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UMary about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $20,895. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMary is $92,774. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UMary is ranked #3 for overall quality in North Dakota.

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#5

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, North Dakota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Dickinson State University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in North Dakota list. Located in Dickinson, North Dakota, the small public school awarded 267 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at DSU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,109 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from DSU is about $69,350. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, DSU is ranked #5 for overall quality in North Dakota.

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#6

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Minot State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in North Dakota list. MSU is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 607 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at MSU about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs students who receive aid about $15,146 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from MSU is $69,672. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Mayville State University

Mayville, North Dakota

Mayville State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in North Dakota list. Mayville State University is located in Mayville, North Dakota and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 200 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Mayville State University graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $14,647 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Mayville State University is $67,816. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

University of Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

University of Jamestown landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in North Dakota ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Jamestown, North Dakota, and it awarded 191 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at JC to complete their degree, and it costs students who receive aid about $21,572 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the JC is $93,191. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. JC also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges in North Dakota rankings.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 8 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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