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Northern Illinois Tuition & Cost

Dekalb, Illinois

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Illinois Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Northern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$2,888
Room and Board $10,880
Other Expenses Budget$2,870
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Northern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$2,888
Room and Board $10,880
Other Expenses Budget$2,870

Residents of Illinois pay an annual total price of $27,402 to attend Northern Illinois University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $9,464 for tuition, $10,880 room and board, $1,300 for books and supplies and $2,888 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $27,402 which is 0% higher than Illinois residents. The tuition charge is $9,464 while room and board is $10,880, books and supplies are $1,300 and other fees come in at $2,888.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Northern Illinois University when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Northern Illinois University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$10,395
$30,001 to $48,000$11,499
$48,001 to $75,000$13,778
$75,001 to $110,000$16,882

The average reported annual net price for Northern Illinois University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $14,397 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

Costs for Similar Colleges 

Financial Aid

98% of full-time undergrad Northern Illinois University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $11,848 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 68% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,721 and 7% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $10,930.

Finanical Aid Northern Illinois University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $11,848 98%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,426 96%
Pell Grants $4,883 51%
Other Federal Grants $1,056 58%
State and Local Grants $4,617 69%
Federal Student Loans $5,721 68%
Other Student Loans $10,930 7%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Northern Illinois University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $66,272. The loan balance of $66,272 is a four year multiple of the $16,568 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $632 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $66,272
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $632.31
Total Interest Paid $9,604.96
Sum of All Loan Payments $75,876.96

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Illinois Residents Non Residents
1 $27,402 $27,402
2 $29,320 $29,320
3 $31,373 $31,373
4 $33,569 $33,569

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Northern Illinois University to be $109,608 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 7% annual increase over the next 4 years which is the national trend.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Northern Illinois University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Out of State Residents $348 $1,044 $1,392

Estimated cost for a class at Northern Illinois University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Northern Illinois University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Northern Illinois University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147703 IPEDS survey data for Northern Illinois University.