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Northern Illinois University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$25,680 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$9,096 tuition
$11,404 on campus room & board
$1,300 books and supplies
$3,880 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$34,776 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$18,192 tuition
$11,404 on campus room & board
$1,300 books and supplies
$3,880 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,742 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
96% of students receive aid
50% get federal aid ($4,285 avg)
46% get state aid ($3,724 avg)
74% get institn'l aid ($5,742 avg)
75% get loans ($7,905 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.63% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.14% 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 $8,863 92%
Federal Grant Aid $4,285 50%
Pell Grants $4,140 50%
Other Federal Grants $1,425 5%
Institution Grant Aid $5,742 74%
State Grant Aid $3,724 46%
Student Loans $7,905 75%
Federal Loans $6,791 74%
Other Loans $11,382 8%

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 $427
Out of State $763


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Emily from Illinois
  • Sep-18-2016 I am a past student here

    You get what you pay for. It's a public university, so you're going to get a public university education. If you want to make the most of it, you have to put in the time and effort. You also have to be willing to reach out and make connections as much as you can. If you don't, then you're wasting your time and money.

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  • ashley from belvidere, il
  • Jul-23-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    i would say this is the cheapest college that has the best community, majors, etc. definitely can't wait to attend.

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  • Rehtse
  • Dec-27-2015 I am a current student here

    I think it's pretty good, at least for the in-state students. As an out-of-state student, it is a lot more expensive (double tuition) so you should try to establish residency if you can.

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