University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA, 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.
$16,496
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$11,011
$30k - $48k
$12,734
$48k - $75k
$15,926
$75k - $110k
$18,491
$110k+
$18,901
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.
$8,938
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.
$19,480
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.
$8,948
Books and Supplies
$900
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

0
100
63%
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.
26%
Average Aid Per Year
$4,677
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.
26%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,349
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$2,761
Students receiving state aid
3%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$5,221
Students receiving federal aid
27%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,349
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.
$3,244,302
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$3,759,711

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.
57%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,050
Students receiving federal loans
56%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,308
Average Other Loans Per Year
$7,832
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.
$15,849
Loan Default Rate
5%
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.
$216

What Students Are Saying

4.13 Average Rating
All colleges and universities are expensive, but I feel the education I am getting at UNI is a good one. It has several majors and minors to choose from with six different major colleges.
Greg from Alton, IA
It's not too bad. Pretty average for public colleges, but once you get here you notice how much your tuition pays for.
Kirsten from Marion, IA
Compared to a lot of other state universities, UNI doesn't cost as much for what you get. With tuition and room & board, you get free access to the WRC (the school's work out center) and the Health Care Center. You also get free admission into the school programs like plays and musicals and music concerts, and discounted tickets on other concerts and programs that happen at UNI's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. You also get in free to the sporting events (Go Panthers!).
Jacinda from DUMONT, IA
College is expensive anywhere you go but at UNI I think it is worth it. They have many different programs and activities that you get in bonus to just paying for school. One program they have is the 2-year advantage plan which locks in the rate for room and board as well as meal plan so if prices go up you can still pay last years lower rate which in the end saves you money. Another good thing UNI offers is free tutoring which you can find for about every subject and the tutors can help you study for a test or even on your homework this is nice because you don't have to pay anything at the time of the visit. The last thing is you get in free to all the sporting events as well as the rec center which is amazing to some.
Emily
Out of all of Iowa's state schools, this one is the cheapest. First of all, the tuition is the cheapest. Second of all, any football, basketball, wrestling, or other sports gatherings you wish to attend are free to students. At both of the other state schools you have to buy tickets for the season in order to go to the games. I am looking forward to all of these opportunities.
Katelyn from Ames, IA
I obtained many scholarships from the college so I have not had to take out a student loan yet.
Kristin from Cedar Rapids, IA
The tuition at UNI is really cheap and there is so much to do. Tuition is only $7,000 dollars for Iowa residents. The professors love their jobs, so classes fun, but you actually learn too. Students get into the sports events for free and get to work out, swim, or climb the rock wall for free.
Christina from Cedar Falls, IA

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