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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$14,616 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$3,726 tuition
$6,147 on campus room & board
$1,200 books
$3,543 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$16,480 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,590 tuition
$6,147 on campus room & board
$1,200 books
$3,543 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$2,034 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
98% of students receive aid
50% get federal aid ($4,985 avg)
15% get state aid ($952 avg)
65% get institn'l aid ($2,034 avg)
75% get loans ($5,651 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Tuition has dropped recently, and we are not sure what it will do next. We decided to play it safe and make our projections equal to our most recent year of data.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $4,364 90%
Federal Grant Aid $4,985 50%
Pell Grants $3,887 46%
Other Federal Grants $1,569 44%
Institution Grant Aid $2,034 65%
State Grant Aid $952 15%
Student Loans $5,651 75%
Federal Loans $5,477 75%
Other Loans $5,534 3%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$1,500 Y N N N
- Y
- Y
$2,500 Y
$1,000 - $2,500 Y N N N
$5,000 Y N N N
- Y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 15
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: within 2 week(s) of notification
Financial Aid Contact Info
1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
(605) 626-3011
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $242
Out of State $304


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Ben from Cheyenne, WY
  • Dec-12-2013 I am a current student here

    Northern is a cheap school and offers a great education as well as lots of help for future careers.

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  • 5
  • Kelcy from Aberdeen, SD
  • Feb-20-2013 I am a current student here

    The basketball games are very exciting. Wachs Arena can hold a lot of fans. Aberdeen is a smaller community; the majority of people from Aberdeen attend the games which make the atmosphere exciting.

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  • 5
  • Eleni from Watertown, SD
  • Dec-27-2012 I am a current student here

    Northern is relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of other schools. It's a little smaller, but that means more student/professor one-on-one time.

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  • 5
  • Jacob from Aberdeen, SD
  • Jun-04-2012 I am a current student here

    At NSU, you feel like you're in your own small-town community where everyone knows everyone and they all get along. The tuition is a lot lower than most universities, but that fact don't take away from the amount of learning you will go through at NSU.

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