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UNI Tuition & Cost

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Iowa Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for University of Northern Iowa
Fee Cost
Other Fees$1,300
Books and Supplies$800
Room and Board $9,343
Other Expenses Budget$2,434

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for University of Northern Iowa
Fee Cost
Other Fees$1,300
Books and Supplies$800
Room and Board $9,343
Other Expenses Budget$2,434

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at University of Northern Iowa for undergraduate students residing in Iowa is $8,111. Room and board charges total $9,343 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $800 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $1,300 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $2,434 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending University of Northern Iowa full time should expect a total annual cost of $21,988.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Iowa is $19,265 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $9,343 for room and board, $800 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $1,300. Students are advised to budget $2,434 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $33,142. This figure is 50.7% higher than what Iowa residents pay.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,343 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Cedar Falls should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and educational supplies is $800.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,434 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,434 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

All price data is sourced from the 2022/2023 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

The average reported annual net price for University of Northern Iowa for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $15,782* in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price 2019/2020


Below is the average net price by student family income.

Net Price by Income University of Northern Iowa
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$10,137
$30,001 to $48,000$11,583
$48,001 to $75,000$14,349
$75,001 to $110,000$16,504

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending University of Northern Iowa, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that your net price will fluctuate based on factors such as family income, assets and individual financial need. Net price is the out-of-pocket total cost that students end up paying or financing though student loans.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Financial Aid

83% of full-time undergrad University of Northern Iowa received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $6,412 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back.

Pell Grants

21 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $4,903. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Northern Iowa, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Loans

46% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,202 and 7% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $9,808.

Finanical Aid University of Northern Iowa
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $6,412 83%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $3,594 73%
Pell Grants $4,903 21%
Other Federal Grants $2,950 51%
State and Local Grants $5,315 3%
Federal Student Loans $5,202 46%
Other Student Loans $9,808 7%

Financial Aid Mix - $21,988 In-State Total Cost

CollegeSimply has modeled example payment coverage for the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,988. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

33% - $6,412

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Northern Iowa or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Student Loans

27% - $5,202

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket Cost

41% -  $7,940

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it really could cost you out of pocket to go to University of Northern Iowa, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $63,128. The loan balance of $63,128 is a four year multiple of the $15,782 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 $685 could be required to pay off your student loan. The total of all payments including interest would sum $82,212.56.

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 5.5%.

Example Loan $63,128
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 5.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $685.10
Total Interest Paid $19,084.56
Sum of All Loan Payments $82,212.56

Student Loan Affordability

In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Northern Iowa, should consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $82,212.56 would be needed to afford a $685.10 monthly payment in the example $63,128.00 loan modeled above. This assumes a repayment over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below. View statistics about University of Northern Iowa student loan debt and graduate salaries under student outcomes.

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year Iowa Residents Non Residents
1 $21,988 $33,142
2 $22,374 $33,724
3 $22,767 $34,317
4 $23,167 $34,920

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of Northern Iowa to be $87,952 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 1.8% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at University of Northern Iowa
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Iowa Residents $539 $1,617 $2,156
Out of State Residents $1,155 $3,465 $4,620

Estimated cost for a class at University of Northern Iowa 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 University of Northern Iowa versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of Northern Iowa Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Tuition History

Historical in-state and out-of-state tuition and price increases for University of Northern Iowa.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2021$7,780$18,480 1.5%
2020$7,665$19,949 0%
2019$7,665$19,949 0%
2018$7,665$18,207 2.8%
2017$7,456$17,998 5%
2016$7,098$17,640 6.8%
2015$6,648$16,836 0%
2014$6,648$16,546 0%
2013$6,648$16,144 3.7%
2012$6,408$15,164 5%
2011$6,102$14,442 -8%
2010$6,636$14,900 4.1%
2009$6,376$14,596 3%
2008$6,190$14,282 1.3%
2007$6,112$14,028 9.1%
2006$5,602$13,214 4%
2005$5,387$12,705 9.6%
2004$4,916$11,874 19.4%
2003$4,117$10,425 19.7%
2002$3,440$8,762 9.9%
2001$3,130$8,094 4.8%
2000$2,988$7,748 4.5%
1999$2,860$7,415 3.9%
1998$2,752$7,136 3.8%
1997$2,650$6,868 3.6%
1996$2,558$6,634 4.2%
1995$2,455$6,261 4.4%
1994$2,352$5,994 5.6%
1993$2,228$5,570 14.1%
1992$1,952$4,982 3.8%
1991$1,880$4,790 3.9%
1990$1,810$4,650 7.1%
1989$1,690$4,346 9.2%
1988$1,548$3,872 13.5%

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if UNI is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 59.08/100 for University of Northern Iowa. Considering an average net price paid of $15,782, this leads to an overall value ranking of 54/100. This places the school 454th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=154095 IPEDS survey data for University of Northern Iowa.