Financial Aid

North Dakota Scholarships & Grants

The following scholarships, grants or loan opportunities are provided to assist you in planning for your college costs.  This site is updated as new information is available so check back often for new options!


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The top FIVE reasons high school seniors should apply now for the Real DEAL Scholarship!

Bank of North Dakota’s Real DEAL Scholarship is a $500 scholarship for North Dakota high school seniors to use at a North Dakota college. Forty-eight recipients are selected and they have the opportunity to compete to receive a $3,000 scholarship. 

5.   Three questions! That’s it. Three questions which should take less than 20 minutes to complete.

4.   Eight recipients are selected monthly, October – March. You only need to enter once to be eligible for the drawing every month.
3.   The drawing is geographically distributed between seven regions in ND to provide opportunities for students across the state.

2.    You only need a GPA of 2.5 or above and involvement in three or more extracurricular activities including entrepreneurism, volunteerism, music, sports, school clubs, organizations or other accomplishments to be eligible. 

1.     Free t-shirt! The first 1,000 applicants receive a free t-shirt from Bank of North Dakota.

To apply, visit and click on the Make a Smart Move with the Real DEAL Scholarship button.


North Dakota Scholarship Programs


The North Dakota Scholarship Programs website is provided as a service of the North Dakota University System.  Current financial aid information, eligibility requirements and application forms are provided on this website as a resource to high school and current college students, new graduates and employees within various professions working in  North Dakota.  Grants, scholarships and loan amounts range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars and are both need and merit based.  Deadlines and requirements vary so check often for updates.


Please review information on this website for more information:


North Dakota "Dollars for Scholars"


"Dollar for Scholars" is a national organization dedicated to increasing scholarship opportunities for students seeking all types of post-secondary education.  "Dollars for Scholars" founded in North Dakota in 1962 provides a proven, effective way for communities to provide academic support and financial aid for local students. 


Your high school counselor has the forms to apply for "Dollars for Scholars" scholarships.  Recipients are decided through the "Dollars for Scholars" chapter at each school.

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