Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA, 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.
$11,295
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$9,805
$30k - $48k
$10,809
$48k - $75k
$12,144
$75k - $110k
$13,464
$110k+
$13,048
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.
$7,922
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.
$18,710
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.
$9,410
Books and Supplies
$1,300
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: nsufinaid@nsula.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
76%
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.
40%
Average Aid Per Year
$9,429
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.
40%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,820
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$4,480
Students receiving state aid
77%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$4,414
Students receiving federal aid
52%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,820
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.
$4,139,632
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$7,396,940

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.
59%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,678
Students receiving federal loans
59%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,368
Average Other Loans Per Year
$7,593
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.
$12,500
Loan Default Rate
10%
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.
$229

What Students Are Saying

3.67 Average Rating
there is always something to do on campus and a plethora of organizations one can join.
Angela from Walker, LA
This college is not as expensive as some of the other colleges that I have toured, but it seems to give you so much more. If you are someone who enjoys being active in the school, they give you every option possible. f you are someone who enjoys history, the city of Natchitoches gives you so much of that with the Cane River Heritage or the Fort St. Jean Baptiste historic site, or even if you are somebody that just enjoys the peace but beautiful nature you can get the at the Natchitoches river walk.
Catherine from DeRidder, LA
Although NSU has gone up on the tuition, because of the economic problems, it is still a reasonable price. The books are, of course, a little expensive, but I have had teachers tell us if the book was too expensive, they would make notes and hand them out (and I've had teachers actually do that). The only problem I have with costs at NSU is the dorm costs. I lived in the dorms my freshman year and paid close to $4000 per semester! This covered my dorm room (a bed room/bathroom/living area/small kitchen area) and meal plan for a semester. It was nice that everything was paid for all at once, so I didn't have to worry about bills each month, but it was just a lot of money!! I did enjoy living in the dorms and meeting people, but I am living off campus for next semester.
Marlowe from Natchitoches, LA
The housing and meal plans are definitely worth it based on what you pay. I live in an apartment style dorm and only pay low-end dorm prices.
James from Lake Dallas, TX
It's a great school for the affordable price.
Desiree from Covington, LA
Attending Northwestern is not overly expensive. Each term is $4,000. So, if you're good as far as academics are concerned you'll receive several scholarships, much of the money you will not even use. Therefore, you may get cash back in your pocket.
La'Kendria from Natchitoches, LA
Again, concentrating on the Scholars' program, it truly is a bang for your buck. If you're looking for a school that won't send you and your parents to bankruptcy and still want to have a five-star education, the Scholar's program is perfect. All of the Scholars' professors have doctorates in their specified subjects. The classes are advanced and never fail to challenge you.
Linda from Jarreau, LA
While, there was a tuition increase, it is still more than reasonable for the quality of education you receive from NSU.
Christina from Pitkin, LA
What made me really want to come to Northwestern is the small but big community and my education of course. The many good things I heard about Northwestern pulled me in even more, and when I attended a Freshman Connection session during the summer I was all in.
Adrianna from Shreveport, LA