Tuition and Aid

We have ways of helping you pay.

See what it costs to attend NIU — and learn how we can help you afford it. These cost estimates are for students starting in the 2024-2025 academic year. Your cost may vary. Use our planning and cost estimator to get a personalized estimate.

Colleges of Distinction - Affordability

Tuition and Fees


General fees and 12+ credit hours/semester annually.

Living Expenses


Based on average allowance for on-campus housing and the Huskie Block 19 meal plan, as well as allowance for 2 additional meals per week. 



Annual cost of tuition, fees and living expenses for fall and spring semesters.

Note: Tuition may be higher, depending on a student's program of study. Rates for Nursing, Computer Science and Engineering majors are listed on the Bursar Office website. Fees do not include the cost of the NIU Student Health Insurance plan. This is a mandatory fee for students who do not otherwise have coverage.

Serious education. Sensible pricing.

Learn more about our undergraduate tuition and fees.

One set tuition rate
for all four years.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, all first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate U.S. citizens and permanent resident students that graduated from a U.S. high school are eligible for the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years.

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Spend less.

Full-time students won't pay for more than 12 credit hours each semester. 

Out-of-state students
pay our in-state rate

NIU’s domestic tuition rate is available to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents as well as to undocumented students attending a U.S. high school.

NIU Invests in You

More than 90% of our undergraduates receive support paying for college. To explore your options, visit our Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

Scholarship Consideration

When you apply to NIU by our priority deadline, we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship, a form of financial aid you don’t have to pay back.

For eligible students, our AIM HIGH Huskie Pledge program guarantees that tuition and general fee costs will be met by grants and/or scholarships for their first year at NIU and potentially beyond. 

Just for Rockford Residents

Our Rockford Promise program is for qualifying graduates of Rockford high schools. It covers tuition and general fees for up to four years.

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