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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
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$1,273
Room and Board $9,160
Other Expenses Budget$2,396
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for University of Northern Iowa
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$1,273
Room and Board $9,160
Other Expenses Budget$2,396

Residents of Iowa pay an annual total price of $21,294 to attend University of Northern Iowa on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $7,665 for tuition, $9,160 room and board, $800 for books and supplies and $1,273 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $33,578 which is 57.7% higher than Iowa residents. The tuition charge is $19,949 while room and board is $9,160, books and supplies are $800 and other fees come in at $1,273.

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 University of Northern Iowa 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 University of Northern Iowa
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$10,513
$30,001 to $48,000$13,175
$48,001 to $75,000$15,287
$75,001 to $110,000$18,318

The average reported annual net price for University of Northern Iowa for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $16,166 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

81% 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 $5,099 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 53% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,140 and 5% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $8,141.

Finanical Aid University of Northern Iowa
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $5,099 81%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $3,025 69%
Pell Grants $4,413 23%
Other Federal Grants $1,751 33%
State and Local Grants $4,331 2%
Federal Student Loans $5,140 53%
Other Student Loans $8,141 5%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really 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 $54,804. The loan balance of $54,804 is a four year multiple of the $13,701 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 $523 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 $54,804
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $522.89
Total Interest Paid $7,942.87
Sum of All Loan Payments $62,746.87

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Iowa Residents Non Residents
1 $21,294 $33,578
2 $21,946 $34,605
3 $22,617 $35,664
4 $23,309 $36,755

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 $85,176 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.1% 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 $320 $960 $1,280
Out of State Residents $759 $2,277 $3,036

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

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