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NSU Tuition & Cost

Aberdeen, South Dakota

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In State South Dakota Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for Northern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,229
Room and Board $9,150
Other Expenses Budget$4,300

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for Northern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,229
Room and Board $9,150
Other Expenses Budget$4,300

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at Northern State University for undergraduate students residing in South Dakota is $7,616. Room and board charges total $9,150 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,200 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $1,229 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $4,300 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Northern State University full time should expect a total annual cost of $23,495.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at Northern State University is $10,718 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $9,150 for room and board, $1,200 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $1,229. Students are advised to budget $4,300 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $26,597. This figure is 13.2% higher than what South Dakota residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

The average reported annual net price for Northern State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $16,404 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Northern State University, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020

Net Price by Income Northern State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$13,085
$30,001 to $48,000$13,172
$48,001 to $75,000$18,273
$75,001 to $110,000$18,221

Financial Aid

97% of full-time undergrad Northern State 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 $5,650 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 62% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,895 and 17% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $9,081.

Finanical Aid Northern State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $5,650 97%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $3,771 74%
Pell Grants $4,536 34%
Other Federal Grants $1,293 33%
State and Local Grants $1,265 19%
Federal Student Loans $4,895 62%
Other Student Loans $9,081 17%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Northern State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $44,896. The loan balance of $44,896 is a four year multiple of the $11,224 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 $476 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 4.99%.

Example Loan $44,896
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $475.97
Total Interest Paid $12,220.68
Sum of All Loan Payments $57,116.68

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year South Dakota Residents Non Residents
1 $23,495 $26,597
2 $23,920 $27,078
3 $24,353 $27,568
4 $24,794 $28,067

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Northern State University to be $93,980 - 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 Northern State University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
South Dakota Residents $295 $885 $1,180
Out of State Residents $398 $1,194 $1,592

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

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Northern State University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219259 IPEDS survey data for Northern State University.