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Northern State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$15,221 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$3,993 tuition
$6,458 on campus room & board
$1,200 books and supplies
$3,570 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$17,220 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,992 tuition
$6,458 on campus room & board
$1,200 books and supplies
$3,570 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$1,970 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
97% of students receive aid
39% get federal aid ($4,551 avg)
15% get state aid ($1,013 avg)
63% get institn'l aid ($1,970 avg)
76% get loans ($6,439 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 $4,078 78%
Federal Grant Aid $4,551 39%
Pell Grants $4,102 37%
Other Federal Grants $1,161 22%
Institution Grant Aid $1,970 63%
State Grant Aid $1,013 15%
Student Loans $6,439 76%
Federal Loans $5,804 75%
Other Loans $6,658 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 $252
Out of State $319


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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