Why are there tuition waivers? A waiver for ex-servicemen is understandable, but shouldnâ€™t state students and taxpayers have equal concern?
Thanks for writing! Here is what Laura Glatt of the North Dakota University System said:
â€œIn the absence of waivers, NDUS [North Dakota University System] campuses would not be able to compete with other campuses across the country for students, including the best and brightest students for graduate and research programs.
â€œOther campuses use waivers as a recruitment mechanism for students. These graduate and research students contribute to the quality of the NDUS graduate programs and research by providing instruction to undergraduates and assisting with faculty research.
â€œAlso, some remain in North Dakota following graduation, stimulating North Dakotaâ€™s economy by contributing to business and industry through their advanced education and knowledge and/or by creating new business start-ups.
â€œIn fact, the North Dakota Legislature funded a program that specifically addresses increasing the number of graduate students in North Dakota for this very reason.
â€œAnother example would be the need for the NDUS to attract a culturally diverse student population through waivers provided to Native Americans and international students who contribute to the cultural richness of the educational experience for all North Dakota students.
â€œThe workplace no longer has physical boundaries, making it vitally important that North Dakota students graduating from a North Dakota campus have an educational experience that prepares them to be successful in a culturally diverse workforce.â€
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