Expenditures and Income

Attendance at any United States university is costly.  It is NECESSARY to have adequate funds, not just for the year but also for the first few weeks when your initial financial lay out will be high. As there is no quick way to convert non-U.S. money or checks from foreign countries into U.S. currency on arrival in DeKalb, we suggest you bring at least $1,500.00- $2,000.00 in travelers checks with you.

Most International Students pay nonresident out-of-state tuition rates. NIU Bursar bills are generated once a month, generally towards the end of the month and are due for payment by the middle of the following month. Your Tuition Bill will be sent out approximately one week after your registration. In order to insure that you get your Bursar bill in time to pay (and to avoid costly late charges), please visit the Bursar’s Office as soon as you have your new address in DeKalb. Please ask the Bursar’s Office staff to confirm your billing address as your DeKalb address. The staff there will ask you to complete a form. It’s very important for you always to have a current local address as your billing address. You can also update your billing information through the MyNIU website.

Sponsored students whose tuition and fees are paid by a sponsoring agency must present a statement from their sponsor authorizing the university to bill for tuition and fees Exchange and sponsored students are to meet with Pam in International Programs immediately upon receiving their bills.

PLEASE NOTE: Assistantship appointments DO NOT cover fees and medical insurance which must be paid by the student.

NIU Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Graduate Fellows are normally paid initially at the end of a half-month and then bimonthly. It will therefore be necessary to have funds to pay any extra fees and immediate living expenses, with you upon arrival at NIU.