a current student here
Northland gives pretty much everyone half tuition scholarships, and then adds on more for those they deem deserving. Most of the students attend the school because it was the only affordable option for them (which, unfortunately, brings in a lot of people who don't necessarily want to be at that particular school). Also, most of the scholarships need to be applied to around march before your freshman year. If you miss it, you're out of luck. Nobody else is allowed to apply for a scholarship except the incoming freshmen. The nice thing about that, however, is that the scholarships earned are retained throughout your entire college career there.