Law Enforcement Officer Tuition & Fees Waiver Program

A licensed peace officer who has been employed as a law enforcement officer for at least two years and who has maintained a satisfactory job performance may be eligible to receive a waiver of 25% of resident tuition and fees at Minot State University.


  1. An individual who is employed as a full-time law enforcement officer in North Dakota, who has a minimum of two years of employment, and who is licensed under chapter 12-63, and meets the following criteria:
    1. Maintains satisfactory performance with the officer’s law enforcement agency;
    2. Obtains authorization to participate in the waiver program and a certificate of verification from the law enforcement officer’s superior officer which attests to the officer’s satisfactory performance;
    3. Meets all admission requirements of the institution; and
    4. Pursues studies leading to a baccalaureate degree.
  2. The law enforcement officer may receive the waiver for up to five years from the date the law enforcement officer first receives a waiver under this section.
  3. Minot State University shall waiver twenty-five percent of the officer’s tuition and fees after subtracting awarded federal financial aid grants and state scholarships and grants for an eligible law enforcement officer during the time the officer is enrolled. To remain eligible for the waiver, the officer shall comply with all requirements of the institution for continued attendance and award of a baccalaureate degree.
  4. The law enforcement officer shall include the certificate of verification when applying for enrollment to Minot State University.

  5. A student should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to apply for federal and state grants.

Minot State University’s Department of Criminal Justice offers the following academic programs:
Bachelor of Science (BS) with a Major in Criminal Justice

This degree is offered on campus, online, and at BSC.

Minors in:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Police Management and Investigations
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Offenders, Risk Assessment, and Corrections

Concentration in:

  • Criminal Justice Research and Policy Evaluation

The Application for Tuition Waiver can be found at Search for Law Enforcement Officer Tuition & Waiver Program.

For more information contact:

Dr. Gary Rabe
Chair and Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
701-858-3507 or 800-777-0750 ext. 3507

Mike Wardzinski
MSU CJ Program Coordinator & Advisor
at Bismarck State College

 *To the extent the annual cap under this section has not been met, waiver will be awarded.