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Northern Illinois University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$26,484 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$9,465 tuition
$10,880 on campus room & board
$1,400 books and supplies
$4,739 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$35,950 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$18,931 tuition
$10,880 on campus room & board
$1,400 books and supplies
$4,739 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,858 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
96% of students receive aid
48% get federal aid ($4,620 avg)
42% get state aid ($4,102 avg)
82% get institn'l aid ($5,858 avg)
74% get loans ($7,535 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.10% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.38% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $9,467 92%
Federal Grant Aid $4,620 48%
Pell Grants $4,477 48%
Other Federal Grants $587 12%
Institution Grant Aid $5,858 82%
State Grant Aid $4,102 42%
Student Loans $7,535 74%
Federal Loans $6,110 70%
Other Loans $11,885 8%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: December 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
(800) 892-3050
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $432
Out of State $791


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Julianna from IL
  • I am a current student here

    They have a variety of scholarships and when you apply they automatically submit you for scholarships you are eligible for. I am paying at least half of what every other person I know is paying annually.

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  • 5
  • Katie
  • I am a current student here

    NIU is overall a great university. With so many things to keep you busy, the education you receive is great. During my five semesters here I have gained so much knowledge and feel I am adequately equipped to enter the work force.

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  • 3
  • Sarah from Kirkland, IL
  • I am a past student here

    I think NIU is a little high for the type of experience and education you get. If you can work yourself into a niche, the "bang for your buck" goes way up! It's the one-on-one experiences that make it worth it. I think this is the key to getting the most out of your experience (get to know a teacher! take some labs!)

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  • 4
  • Emily from Illinois
  • I am a past student here

    You get what you pay for. It's a public university, so you're going to get a public university education. If you want to make the most of it, you have to put in the time and effort. You also have to be willing to reach out and make connections as much as you can. If you don't, then you're wasting your time and money.

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