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VCSU Continues to Deliver Affordability with Viking Promise

Feb 29, 2024

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Valley City State University (VCSU) announces a renewed pledge that ensures tuition is affordable for any student interested in earning an undergraduate degree.

The Viking Promise is a continuous effort from VCSU to alleviate the cost of tuition through financial aid and scholarship support. Currently, 95% of ND, MN, SD, WUE, and MSEP students who are Pell eligible have their tuition fully covered thanks to the combination of financial aid, scholarship dollars, and talent-based awards. Students from these states who are full Pell eligible will have full-time tuition (12-13 credits) covered at VCSU for the ’24-’25 school year.

In addition to FAFSA-related aid, VCSU offers the most attractive and significant scholarship program in ND. This ensures students have the ability to earn a degree at an affordable cost for their college career. These scholarships, partnered with financial aid, currently help 89% of partial Pell grant recipients reach full tuition coverage.

“We want every student to have the chance to earn a meaningful degree,” President Alan LaFave said. “We are committed to helping students navigate college with our Viking Promise. We have one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of North Dakota and it’s exciting to see what financial aid and generous donor support can do to impact our students.”

“We provide strong financial support for our students and will continue to do so,” Executive Director of the VCSU Foundation Cory Anderson said. “This is only possible through the support and generosity of our alumni and friends of VCSU.”

In efforts to keep higher education affordable, VCSU’s tuition rate for the 2024-2025 academic year will not increase for any student. The full-time tuition rate for North Dakota residents is locked in at $6,619 a year.

Students living on campus can also access the Stay-and-Save Program that locks in the housing rate they paid as a first-year student through their graduation. The Stay-and-Save Program ensures students can budget for other costs associated with pursuing a degree.

To schedule an interview regarding the VCSU Viking Promise please contact Tammy Jo Taft by emailing or calling (701) 845-7227.