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Northern Illinois University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$25,502 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$9,488 tuition
$11,036 on campus room & board
$1,400 books
$3,578 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$34,990 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$18,976 tuition
$11,036 on campus room & board
$1,400 books
$3,578 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,310 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
95% of students receive aid
50% get federal aid ($4,554 avg)
47% get state aid ($3,894 avg)
78% get institn'l aid ($5,310 avg)
75% get loans ($7,287 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 7.01% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 7.02% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $9,040 91%
Federal Grant Aid $4,554 50%
Pell Grants $4,339 50%
Other Federal Grants $1,148 9%
Institution Grant Aid $5,310 78%
State Grant Aid $3,894 47%
Student Loans $7,287 75%
Federal Loans $6,376 74%
Other Loans $9,983 7%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
(800) 892-3050
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $417
Out of State $746


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Allison from Madison, WI
  • Feb-05-2014 I am a current student here

    For over 20k a year for mainly a corn scene it seems a bit much. Yes they do have the teachers and living areas suited for the masses but there are other areas that are still lacking. Some of the buildings for classes need repairs and during the winter more salt needs to be put down unless people are fond of falling. On the bright side the football field is new and remolded with a giant scoreboard for all to see.

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  • Lily Graywolf
  • Dec-04-2013 I am a current student here

    NIU is a great return on investment. You can get the same jobs as people from any other university, but you could pay half of what someone paid for one of the more expensive colleges.

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