The following topics represent a recent collection of trending questions that students and parents are inquiring about with the Bursar Office. To assist in answering your questions, please select a topic from the list below.
What expenses does my graduate tuition cover? (show/hide »)
The major portion of revenue from graduate tuition is used cover the costs of instruction. The remaining portion is used to meet the ever-emerging demands for cutting edge academic programs and services for NIU students. Critical areas for funding include: Library journals and books, support for courses in high demand; technology upgrades, academic strategic planning initiatives designed to strengthen, direct and further improve academic programs, research and the academic experience of students. Other items receiving support are the graduate colloquium, maintenance for classroom buildings and other campus facilities such as Holmes Student Center, the Recreation Center and Convocation Center, and campus infrastructure improvements in order to provide students with a quality learning environment, the university’s intercollegiate athletic programs for both men and women, University Health Service which provides comprehensive ambulatory health care for students while the university is in session, and the Huskie Bus service.
Why is my Graduate tuition so much higher than previously? Will I also be charged fees? (show/hide »)
In the past, tuition and fees have been broken out separately. This caused some confusion about the total cost of a class. We know that from time to time, students have been surprised to receive charges for additional fees associated with enrolling in a course. Now, we have consolidated all charges for a class into a single” tuition” charge to simplify your bill and make it clearer, up front, exactly what it costs to take a given course. The only additional fees you may be assessed are material fees that are relevant for a specific class. This is our way of avoiding any surprises for you.
With this change in Graduate tuition consolidating tuition and fees, what happens to my waiver? Or my employer reimbursement? (show/hide »)
Your costs will be waived at no less than the portion of your total tuition and fees charges previously waived. If your employer reimburses you for tuition, it is possible you may be reimbursed at the higher, consolidated level, depending on your employer’s policy. Either way, you will not be disadvantaged due to the new consolidated tuition charge.
I am a graduate student and my tuition rate is higher than my friend’s who is also a grad student at NIU. Why? (show/hide »)
It is likely you are pursuing a degree in an area where the cost of delivering instruction is higher than average and you are being charged a differential tuition rate. Differential tuition rates are assessed to certain programs where the cost of delivery is higher than that of average University programs, e.g., enhanced curriculum through subject-specific hardware, cutting-edge technologies and computer upgrades, as well as faculty support including training, software and other course materials other than textbooks. Differential tuition may also be charged for programs to cover curriculum enhancements that provide a higher value for the graduate of that program in terms of future career opportunities and earning potential. It may also arise where demand for a program is particularly high.
When are bills mailed? When are they due? (show/hide »)
Billing statements are issued monthly throughout each semester. See the Payment Due Date page to view all Billing Issue and Due Dates. Additional billing information can be found on our Account Statements page.
The statement I got in the mail does not match my MyNIU account. Why? (show/hide »)
All official account statements are a "snapshot" of your account information on the date that statements are issued. If your amount varies among your statement and MyNIU account, it is most likely due to changes in account activity such as add/drop of class, adjustments of financial aid or waivers, payment, or any other miscellaneous activity that occurred after your statement was issued. Additional information can be found on our Account Statements page.
What benefits do I receive for paying student fees? (show/hide»)
All students receive benefits and services associated to the fees that they paid. This may include athletic events, busing, student activities, speakers, recreation center, and more. For additional details of your student fees, view the Fees and Common Charges page.
I have my own insurance. Why am I being billed for student medical insurance? (show/hide »)
Please review the Student Major Medical Insurance section on our Fees and Common Charges page.
Why am I being charged a $30 Immunization Incomplete Fee? (show/hide »)
All students accepted at NIU must provide immunization records in accordance with the Illinois College Student Immunization Act. Students late in turning in their records are fined a late immunization fee by Health Services. All questions regarding this fee should be directed to Health Services .
How do I sign up for the Huskie Installment Plan (HIP) for Fall semester? (show/hide »)
Sign-up for the fall 2014 Huskie Installment Plan (HIP) must be completed by June 30, 2014. Complete HIP payment plan information can be found on our Huskie Installment Plan page.
How come my HIP installments are not always equal? (show/hide »)
The Huskie Installment Plan divides installment amounts equally. Occasionally, installment amounts may appear as un-equal on the statement for reasons such as late increases in financial aid or overpayment/paying ahead of the installment amount. To ensure that your installments remain equal, you should complete all outstanding financial aid "To-Do" items and all other required paperwork prior to the initial billing statement of the term.
You should always pay the amount listed on your account statement. If you have any questions regarding how much you owe for your HIP installment, you can always contact the Bursar Office.
I know I have financial aid. Why hasn't it posted? (show/hide »)
You should check your student Z-ID email account for communications sent by the Student Financial Aid Office. Often, aid is not disbursed due to master promissory note not being signed, loan counseling not being accepted, or low credit hours. For additional information regarding your disbursement status, you will need to contact the Student Financial Aid Office .
I just received a Refund, why do I still have a balance owed on my account? (show/hide »)
If your refund was due to a financial aid credit balance, or stipend on your NIU student account, it may restrict the charges to which it can be applied. The financial aid disbursed to your account may have paid tuition and fees, bookstore and housing and dining charges you may have had. Miscellaneous charges such as orientation fees, graduation fees, late fees, parking tickets, fines and balances from prior years may not be paid with your financial aid disbursement.
My refund was sent to a closed account. What should I do? (show/hide »)
If the refund has been rejected by your bank, the Bursar Office will be notified and will reissue the refund as a paper check. Please verify that your addresses are up-to-date on MyNIU .
How do I make a payment online? (show/hide »)
Can I make a payment with the Bursar Office over the phone? (show/hide »)
No. The Bursar Office does not accept payment over the phone. To see all payment options, view our Make a Payment page.
I want to withdraw from courses, but MyNIU system will not let me drop online. Why? (show/hide »)
If MyNIU is preventing you from dropping, it is often because you are not permitted to drop the class online or you are past the drop deadline. Depending on if you want to drop a class, or withdraw from the university, you should contact the Dean's office of your major and review the dropping/withdrawing procedures in your course catalog. See Withdrawal Information page for more information.
When can I withdraw and still get a refund? (show/hide »)
You should contact your college office to apply for any withdrawal. The portion of refundable charges paid will be dependent upon the date of withdrawal as determined by your college office and the established refund period for the term.