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  • MyHeart Scholarship - Created by a group of heart doctors to benefit students seeking a career in healthcare. Two recipients will receive $1,000 towards tuition. Deadline is February 15, 2016. To learn more visit
  • Nursing Student Loan - This loan is available for students majoring in Nursing. The maximum amount for the academic year is $2,000. Interest is 5% and begins to accrue nine months after a student graduates, withdraws, drops below half-time status, or changes majors.

  • Tribal - Native American Students enrolled in a tribe should contact their local tribal agency concerning eligibility and awarding of Bureau of Indian Affairs' funds.

  • North Dakota National Guard - Any active North Dakota National Guardsman presently serving in either the Army Guard or the Air Guard may have a large percentage of the tuition fee per academic year waived.  For information of eligibility requirements, contact your local National Guard unit or the Office of Adjutant General, ATTN: MPO, P.O. Box 5511, Bismarck, ND 58506-5511.

  • Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits - Veterans may be able to receive special educational assistance.  Benefits have also been extended to children, wives, and widows of deceased or permanently and totally disabled veterans.  The Student Services Office can assist with VA related questions or problems.  Applications and more information can also be obtained from any Veterans Administration Regional Office.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation - Students with physical limitations or health problems may be entitled to certain benefits such as tuition, fees, and textbook reimbursement. Interested students should communicate with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation at the nearest district or regional office.

  • Waivers - A limited number of waivers are available annually to help pay your tuition.
    • Lake Region State College Cultural Diversity Waivers
    • Nonresident Scholars' Waivers
    • International Student Waivers

  • Non-Institutional Scholarships - Many outside agencies and sources offer financial assistance to students. The Internet, high school counselors, and most libraries are excellent resources to search for scholarship opportunities. Scholarship Searches:

  • Stay in North Dakota - Incentives are available to students enrolled in several programs including Technology, Nursing, Sign Language, and Education. The incentives may be in the form of grants or loan forgiveness. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

  • Student Loan Repayment Programs - With the CARS (College Annual Repayment Stipend)  and PLOW (Post-secondary Loan Obligation Write-down) student loan repayment programs, students will have the opportunity to have up to $20,000 of their student loans paid for them.

  • Alternative Loans - Designed to assist students with educational costs after all other financial aid programs are utilized. Interest charges on these loans vary depending upon the lender and the loan type. Students need to be credit worthy borrowers and often times need a co-signor for the loan. The minimum loan a student can borrow is $500 per academic year. Students may select the alternative loan program they wish to use and will need to complete a separate application with the lender.  LRSC, through FAST Choice, offers a Historical Lender List that includes lender we have worked with in the past.  You may choose a lender that is not on the list.

  • College SAVE 529 Plan - a tax-advantaged education savings program established by the State of North Dakota acting through the Bank of North Dakota ("BND") that can help you meet the challenges of saving and investing for the costs of higher education.

  • Federal Tax Benefits for Tuition and Fees - Information on eligibility criteria and tax guidelines for HOPE Scholarships and Lifetime Learning Credits.

  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) - Through the Workforce Investment Act, Job Service North Dakota provides an array of services to assist individuals in meeting their employment goals. A variety of job search assistance services are available to all individuals.  Expanded services, such as funds for relocation or training, are available to qualifying individuals. Contact a local North Dakota Job Service office to apply for funds that may cover tuition, fees, books, and supplies. For best consideration application should be made 6 months prior to enrollment.

  • Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver - Recognizing the educational benefits of the culturally diverse student population, the State Board of Higher Education adopted a tuition waiver program at Lake Region State College. Special emphasis of this policy is to recruit, assist, and retain enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian tribes, Alaska Natives and Villages and economically disadvantaged students.

    Special emphasis will be given to:

    • Enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian Tribes, and Alaska Natives and Villages with particular emphasis to enrolled members of the Spirit Lake Nation Tribes, Three Affiliated Tribes, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
    • Members of a culturally diverse group, who are defined as persons of different cultural, racial, or ethnic heritage, age, persons with disabilities, and/or life experiences.
    • Students who demonstrate exceptional financial need -- that is, those with the lowest family contributions who will also be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grants during the academic year.
    Academic Considerations
    • Past academic performance may be used in determining initial eligibility. Students who do well academically are eligible to have their awards increased, and those who perform less than satisfactory, may lose their waivers.
    • Awards are based on full-time attendance. Awards for part-time students will be pro-rated.
    Amount of Waiver/Duration
    • Waivers will not exceed the amount of tuition and most often cover one-half of tuition. Tuition waivers do not include application fees, books, board, room or other costs of attendance.
    • Partial waivers may be awarded.
    • Generally, awards will be made for an academic year. Awards can be made for longer or shorter duration.
    • Recipients shall be limited to a maximum of two years as an undergraduate student.
    To Apply
    • Applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    • Applicants must attach verification of Tribal Enrollment
    • Applications received before July 15th will be given priority consideration
    Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver Application

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