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Published October 31 2010

Ask your government: Reader wants tuition waivers explained

Dear Teri,

Is it true that 50 percent of students that attend UND have tuition waivers? Does this infer that only 50 percent of UND students pay tuition?

Richard Skavlem

Grand Forks

Thanks for writing! I contacted the University of North Dakota. This is what Peter Johnson, executive associate vice president for university relations and media relations coordinator, said:

“No, it is not true. The number of University of North Dakota students who receive a tuition waiver is substantially lower than the question suggests.

“Moreover, in many cases, the waiver does not cover 100 percent of the tuition. According to North Dakota University System reports for the 2008-09 fiscal year, the most recent year that numbers are available, 14,102 students (an unduplicated count) attended the University of North Dakota.

“Of those 14,102 students, 1,969 – just under 14 percent – received some form of tuition waiver.”

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