Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$9,338
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$4,943
$30k - $48k
$6,213
$48k - $75k
$10,024
$75k - $110k
$13,140
$110k+
$13,523
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$9,744
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$19,104
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,732
Books and Supplies
$800
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: ofa@nku.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
69%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
87%
Average Aid Per Year
$7,913
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
87%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,825
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$6,060
Students receiving state aid
60%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,225
Students receiving federal aid
38%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,825
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$22,901,545
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$32,258,137

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
58%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,461
Students receiving federal loans
57%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,067
Average Other Loans Per Year
$10,500
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$15,000
Loan Default Rate
7%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$258

What Students Are Saying

3.66 Average Rating
Tuition is very reasonable for everything NKU has to offer.
Sarah from Highland Heights, KY
A cheaper school, that is a great education. Division 1 starting in 2012!
Beau from Cincinnati, OH
Great price for a quality education compared to other colleges of its caliber.
Candice from Dayton, KY
College is expensive, but what I get for my money here is worth every penny. I love this university!
Juliane from Highland Heights, KY
Your education can be just as good as any other if you put in the effort.
However it will cost much less than an expensive private college.
Aaron from Dry Ridge, KY
It's so affordable to go to NKU. They try and help you out as much as they can with paying for school. Like they say you get a private school education for a public school cost.
Brittany from Lexington, Kentucky
When they say, a private school education for a public school price, they aren't lying.
Olivia from Cincinnati, OH
I have yet to take my first classes, but the tuition is cheap and I expect a college experience, so it will definitely be better than high school.
Donald from Aberdeen , OH
As far as tuition, NKU is one of the least expensive schools in Kentucky, and offers a high quality level of education. The classes really do have a private school feel, and compared to the price, it is a GREAT deal. Still, on-campus residents are required to have a meal plan, which runs around $2,500 per year, and many of the meals may go unused. Also, some housing buildings are a bit overpriced, but that is the case with most schools.
Kelsey from Franklin, KY

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