Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD, 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.
$14,917
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$11,176
$30k - $48k
$11,909
$48k - $75k
$16,182
$75k - $110k
$17,482
$110k+
$17,800
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.
$8,497
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.
$11,470
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.
$8,029
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: finaid@northern.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
77%
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.
17%
Average Aid Per Year
$5,074
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.
17%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,639
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$2,663
Students receiving state aid
17%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$1,383
Students receiving federal aid
38%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,639
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.
$549,159
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$836,463

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.
70%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,183
Students receiving federal loans
69%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$6,120
Average Other Loans Per Year
$6,922
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
6%
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.
$268

What Students Are Saying

3.62 Average Rating
Very reasonable!
Brittni from Aberdeen, SD
Northern State University is a public college with public college prices of under $15,000 a year (in-state tuition) but has a private college size. Even the largest general classes at NSU are around 60 students (and that's big!). Northern State University also has a wonderful 4-year academic scholarship program called the Wolf-Pact Scholarship program which is one of the best (if not the best) scholarship offer in the state of SD. This scholarship varies depending on a student's ACT (or SAT) score and GPA.
Megan from Scranton, ND
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.
Kelcy from Aberdeen, SD
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.
Jacob from Aberdeen, SD
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.
Ioana from Romania
Northern is a cheap school and offers a great education as well as lots of help for future careers.
Ben from Cheyenne, WY
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.
Eleni from Watertown, SD