2021 Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After Graduation
For the academic year 2020-2021, the undergraduate tuition & fees at Northern Illinois University is -$2 for Illinois residents and $12,352 for out-of-state students.
The undergraduate 2021-2022 estimated tuition & fees is $0 for Illinois residents and $10,443 for out-of-state students.
The 2021 undergraduate tuition has been decreased by -15.46% from the previous year.The Living costs increased by 6.01% from the previous year for both on-campus and off-campus stay. Its in-state undergraduate tuition and fees are higher than the average amount ($10,897) and its out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees are much lower than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($24,344 - Public Research University (high research activity)).
2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2019-2020$14,610 $14,610$12,970
2020-2021-$12,352$13,750
Change % 2020-2021-100.01%-15.46%6.01%
2021-2022$0$10,443$14,577
***Updated with 2021 tuition data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) . The estimated 2021-2022 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
For Graduate School, in-state tuition and fees are -$2 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $11,086 for the academic year 2020-2021.
The graduate 2021-2022 estimated tuition & fees at Northern Illinois University is $0 for Illinois residents and $10,895 for out-of-state students.
The graduate tuition is same as the last year. Its in-state graduate tuition and fees are around the average amount ($11,112) and its out-of-state graduate tuition and fees are much lower than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($22,961 - Public Research University (high research activity)).
2020-2021 Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2019-2020$11,280 $11,280$12,970
2020-2021-$2$11,086$13,750
Change % 2020-2021-100.02%-1.72%6.01%
2021-2022$0$10,895$14,577
***Updated with 2021 tuition data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) . The estimated 2021-2022 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
The below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and/or full-time students who take additional courses more than regular credit hours at Northern Illinois University.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2019-2020)
YearIn-StateOut-of-State
Undergraduate2018-2019$444$793
2019-2020$348$348
2020-2021$273$153
Graduate2018-2019$496$853
2019-2020$496$496
2020-2021$496$288
The next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation from the school. After 6 years of graduation, the mean earning is $39,400 and, after 10 years of graduation, the mean earning is $49,800 for Northern Illinois University graduates.
Mean Earning After Graduation By Time
TotalMaleFemale
6 Years After Graduation$39,400$43,500$35,500
7 Years After Graduation$39,600--
8 Years After Graduation$45,100--
9 Years After Graduation$45,500--
10 Years After Graduation$49,800$57,600$42,300

Tuition & Fees for 4 Years

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid

How Much is the tuition for 4 years at Northern Illinois University?

For the students who were admitted in Fall 2021, the estimated tuition for 4 years is $26,661.
Since the tuition & fees at Northern Illinois University have decreased over the last 4 years, the estimated tuition & fees are less than current costs in the table below. The actual costs may differ from the estimation based on the school or university system's tuition policy.
The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4-year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. The next table shows the estimated 4-years tuition & fees for the next 5 admission years. The estimation is based on 4-years changes in tuition & fees at the school.
4 Years of Tuition & Fees
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025Fall 2021$9,486$7,285$5,594$4,296$26,661
Class of 2026Fall 2022$7,285$5,594$4,296$3,299$20,474
Class of 2027Fall 2023$5,594$4,296$3,299$2,534$15,723
Class of 2028Fall 2024$4,296$3,299$2,534$1,946$12,075
Class of 2029Fall 2025$3,299$2,534$1,946$1,494$9,273
The table shows the 4-years estimation of total costs of attendance (COA). It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses.
For the students who were admitted in Fall 2021, the estimated 4-years COA is $88,265.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation for the next 5 admission years at Northern Illinois University.
4 Years of Costs of Attendance
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025Fall 2021$24,674$22,613$21,065$19,913$88,265
Class of 2026Fall 2022$22,613$21,065$19,913$19,063$82,655
Class of 2027Fall 2023$21,065$19,913$19,063$18,448$78,490
Class of 2028Fall 2024$19,913$19,063$18,448$18,013$75,437
Class of 2029Fall 2025$19,063$18,448$18,013$17,717$73,241
Last year, 72% of enrolled undergraduate students have received grants or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from the federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes federal/private student loans.
After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 years of attending the school is $53,029.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation with financial aid for the next 5 admission years at Northern Illinois University.
4 Years Costs of attendance after Financial Aid
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025Fall 2021$15,865$13,804$12,256$11,104$53,029
Class of 2026Fall 2022$13,804$12,256$11,104$10,254$47,419
Class of 2027Fall 2023$12,256$11,104$10,254$9,639$43,254
Class of 2028Fall 2024$11,104$10,254$9,639$9,204$40,201
Class of 2029Fall 2025$10,254$9,639$9,204$8,908$38,005

2021 Tuition, Fees, and Living Cost Tables and Charts

Next tables and charts illustrate the 2021 tuition, fees, books & supplies, and living costs in detail. We provide the previous 5 years' costs so that you can check the increased amounts of each cost item and estimate future year costs. In addition, you can check the financial aid amount including grant, scholarship, and federal student loans for the last five years. Use the left menu to explore the tuition and college costs information at Northern Illinois University.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
Northern Illinois University 2021 Costs of Attendance
In-StateOut-of-State
Tuition and FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$12,352$1,300$13,750$12,352$1,300 $13,750
Graduate$11,086 $1,300$13,750$11,086 $1,300$13,750


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