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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

$4,692 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
88% of students receive aid
50% get federal aid ($4,923 avg)
48% get state aid ($3,991 avg)
36% get institn'l aid ($4,692 avg)
77% get loans ($6,739 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 $8,794 69%
Federal Grant Aid $4,923 50%
Pell Grants $4,239 50%
Other Federal Grants $923 37%
Institution Grant Aid $4,692 36%
State Grant Aid $3,991 48%
Student Loans $6,739 77%
Federal Loans $5,992 76%
Other Loans $10,882 5%

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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