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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
  • 5
  • Skye from Earlville, IL
  • Feb-18-2015 I am a current student here

    This school is one of the cheapest schools around, but it's still a really great school, with a lot of opportunities.

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  • 3
  • Alexis from Lake Villa, IL
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    I am paying for college completely on my own, so financially I tend to struggle alot. For the tuition, I believe that it is a little over priced for being an affordable college. Of course NIU is not a D1 school, so the prices are much lower that a top 10, however, being a student and trying to pay your own way through college is tough no matter where you go. Be prepared to take out student loans and make sure you figure out HOW and IF you can take out enough loans by yourself before asking someone to co-sign. I do not recommend attending any college unless they offer you a decent amount of scholarship money to help with the cost of tuition.

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  • Emma from Wisconsin
  • Nov-13-2014 I am a current student here

    It depends on you. Do you take full advantage of the resources and opportunities offered? Is this a good program for your major? As an arts student in the Honors Program, NIU is definitely worth the money for me. I get the benefit of an incredible degree program, while being challenged academically. However, I seek out opportunities on campus. If you just sit in your dorm and do nothing, then you're reducing the quality of your education and frankly wasting your money.

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