Earning your M.P.H. degree is affordable through in-state tuition for WICHE residents, STEM loan forgiveness, assistantships, waivers and low interest loan consolidation.
Graduate Assistantships & Tuition Waivers
Although financial support is not guaranteed with admission to the University of North Dakota (UND), the M.P.H. Program strives to make graduate education in public health accessible for students by awarding a limited number of graduate assistantships and tuition waivers. Awards are based on need, merit, and experience. Full-time and second-year students are given priority for this type of financial assistance. The M.P.H. Program Manager notifies students via mail or email if they are awarded financial assistance by the M.P.H. Program.
Only on-campus students are eligible for M.P.H. graduate assistantships and tuition waivers. One exception is made for members of the North Dakota public health workforce who are employed by a local or state health department. These students are eligible for M.P.H. tuition waivers, but not for assistantships.
Most M.P.H. graduate assistantships are awarded in the spring semester for use in the following academic year. These positions are 10 or 20 hour/week appointments, and they provide administrative or research support to faculty and staff.
Tuition waivers are awarded independently of graduate assistantships. A student receiving an assistantship may not necessarily receive a tuition waiver, and vice versa. Tuition waivers are awarded by the credit hour, and an award may cover between 1 and 9 credits/semester. Mandatory fees are not covered by tuition waivers. These must be paid by the student.
Non-M.P.H. Assistantships & Tuition Waivers
In addition to M.P.H. assistantships and tuition waivers, M.P.H. students may also qualify for this type of aid offered by other University units. For an up-to-date listing of open positions, visit the UND School of Graduate Studies. If a student is offered an assistantship and/or tuition waiver from a University unit outside of the M.P.H. Program, the student must inform the Program before accepting the assistantship and verify the parameters of the award.
Please contact the M.P.H. Program Manager at ashley.n.evenson@UND.edu or 701.777.6368 with questions about graduate assistantships and tuition waivers.
Visit UND Admissions to view current tuition rates, fees, and payment options.
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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
The M.P.H. Program participates in WICHE's Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). The WRGP allows masters, graduate certificate, and Ph.D. students who are residents of WICHE member states to enroll in selected programs at 56 participating institutions outside of their home states and pay resident tuition. M.P.H. students from the following states are eligible for North Dakota resident tuition rate through the WRGP: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. WGRP students must fulfill all the usual requirements of the M.P.H. Program and meet all admission deadlines.
See WRGP's webpage for more information.
STEM Loan Forgiveness
M.P.H. graduates may be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) loan forgiveness up to $6,000. The UND M.P.H. Program, under CIP 51.2201, is an eligible program in the North Dakota University System STEM Loan Forgiveness Program. Applicants must be employed for at least 1 year as a full-time employee within North Dakota. See below for more details. Visit the North Dakota University System website to apply.
From the North Dakota University System website:
"The intent of this program is to reduce loan indebtedness for individuals who have
graduated in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related field
and have been employed in a STEM occupation in North Dakota for one year following
The number of applicants funded is limited and contingent upon legislative appropriations. Therefore, not all qualified applicants are assured funding. All qualified applicants for this program will be considered in priority order as defined in section 3.
The Bank of North Dakota is responsible for processing the loan forgiveness payments to financial institutions holding student loans for funded recipients by July 30th of each year. The NDUS will notify all applicants of their award status by July 30th of each year.
Funded recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 per year in loan forgiveness for each year they are employed in an approved STEM occupation in North Dakota, subject to a maximum of 48 months of eligible employment. Individuals must apply annually for funding consideration. The one-year of employment must have occurred within the past 24 months."
Bank of North Dakota Loan Consolidation
The Bank of North Dakota (BND) allows North Dakota residents (having lived at a physical address in North Dakota for the past six months) to refinance all students loans, most often resulting in a lowered interest rate. For more information and to apply, visit BND DEAL One Loan.