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Northern State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$16,607 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$6,984 tuition
$7,520 on campus room & board
$1,200 books and supplies
$903 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$19,520 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$9,900 tuition
$7,520 on campus room & board
$1,200 books and supplies
$900 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$2,108 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
96% of students receive aid
42% get federal aid ($4,887 avg)
14% get state aid ($956 avg)
64% get institn'l aid ($2,108 avg)
71% get loans ($6,610 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.43% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.14% 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 $4,160 85%
Federal Grant Aid $4,887 42%
Pell Grants $4,044 38%
Other Federal Grants $1,690 30%
Institution Grant Aid $2,108 64%
State Grant Aid $956 14%
Student Loans $6,610 71%
Federal Loans $5,778 70%
Other Loans $8,710 8%

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 $262
Out of State $360


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Ioana from Romania
  • Apr-17-2017 I am a past student here

    NSU is the definition of Bang for the Buck. It is one affordable public school that allows you to save for a good undergraduate degree. If you think of going to a graduate school and do not want to end up with student loans, than this is the way to go.

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  • Jacob W
  • Mar-11-2017 I am a past student here

    They keep the school open even during the worst snow storms. Students whine and complain about every little thing, like the professors are ugly and that they weren't allowed to play games on their phones in class.

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  • 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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