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Northern Illinois University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$26,380 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$9,465 tuition
$10,776 on campus room & board
$1,400 books and supplies
$4,739 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$35,846 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$18,931 tuition
$10,776 on campus room & board
$1,400 books and supplies
$4,739 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,406 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
96% of students receive aid
51% get federal aid ($4,549 avg)
46% get state aid ($3,890 avg)
82% get institn'l aid ($5,406 avg)
76% get loans ($7,682 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.10% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.38% 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

$21,349,524
Annual Aid Awarded
Aid/Loans
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $9,112 94%
Federal Grant Aid $4,549 51%
Pell Grants $4,449 51%
Other Federal Grants $384 13%
Institution Grant Aid $5,406 82%
State Grant Aid $3,890 46%
Student Loans $7,682 76%
Federal Loans $6,524 76%
Other Loans $11,478 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
http://www.niu.edu/fa/
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $432
Out of State $791

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Sarah from Kirkland, IL
  • Jul-21-2017 I am a past student here

    I think NIU is a little high for the type of experience and education you get. If you can work yourself into a niche, the "bang for your buck" goes way up! It's the one-on-one experiences that make it worth it. I think this is the key to getting the most out of your experience (get to know a teacher! take some labs!)

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  • 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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