What Are My Costs?

Customizing Your Expenses

Use the NIU Planning and Cost Estimator to get a customized estimate of your costs and see how it’s affected by the following:

  • Number of credit hours
  • Choice of major or program
  • Housing and dining choices
  • Costs for books and other fees

The estimator also allows you to enter the amounts of financial aid you receive to calculate the total you will owe to NIU.

You can also use the Federal Net Price Calculator to estimate your costs.

What is included in the Cost of Attendance?

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is sometimes referred to as the Estimated College Cost (ECC) or budget. The COA consists of direct expenses billed by NIU such as tuition, and estimates of expenses not directly billed by NIU, such as books and supplies. COA is an average and is used for processing financial aid. It is different than the amount you will be charged on your student account. However, it is important to understand COA because it limits the total amount of aid you can receive. Some components of COA can be appealed.

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2019-2020 Academic Year Cost of Attendance Estimates

Undergraduate

Standard Rate Engineering Students Computer Science Students
Tuition and fees $12,390 $13,590 $13,350
Room and board $10,880 $10,880 $10,880
Books $1,100 $1,100 $1,100
Travel and personal expenses $2,390 $2,390 $2,390
Student health insurance $2,358 $2,358 $2,358
Total $29,118 $30,318 $30,078

Based on a full-time flat rate for 12 or more credit hours per semester, a double room in Stevenson or Grant Towers and the Huskie Unlimited Access meal plan. Tuition rates are not guaranteed for non-degree-seeking students, post-baccalaureate students or students who have exhausted all Truth-in-Tuition terms. Tuition rates may differ for students who started in a different term. You can opt out of student health insurance. Out of state students have a larger travel allowance of $836 per year.

Graduate

Standard Rate for Six Credit Hours Standard Rate for Nine Credit Hours Standard Rate for 12 Credit Hours
Tuition  $6,432  $9,648  $12,864
Room and board $10,304 $10,304 $10,304
Books  $600 $900 $1,200
Travel and personal expenses $2,744 $2,744 $2,744
Student health insurance  $0 $2,078 $2,078
Total $20,080 $25,674 $29,190

The cost of tuition for many NIU graduate programs is greater than the standard rate. You can opt out of student health insurance.

Law

Standard Rate for 12+ Credit Hours
Tuition $22,170
Room and board $13,780
Books  $1,780
Travel and personal expenses $4,000
Student health insurance $2,358
Total $44,088

The cost of tuition for many NIU graduate programs is greater than the standard rate. You can opt out of student health insurance.

NIU School Code

Use NIU's School Code when completing the FAFSA.

001737

Contact Us

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
Swen Parson Hall 245
815-753-1395
finaid@niu.edu

For scholarship-specific questions

scholarships@niu.edu

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