What Are My Costs?
Cost of Attendance
Referred to as Estimated College Cost
The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the expenses you can expect to incur during the academic year. Students are assigned a financial aid budget based on their estimated COA which is used to determined the maximum amount of financial aid needed.
What is included in the Cost of Attendance?
Tuition and fees are expenses necessary to attend classes. Tuition and fees are based on your residency, enrollment, majors and degree level. As part of the Illinois Truth-in-Tuition Bill, NIU offers first-time degree seeking undergraduate students guaranteed tuition at the same rate for four consecutive years. Effective fall 2018, NIU extends the Truth-in-Tuition policy to all first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate out-of-state U.S. citizens and permanent resident students that graduated from a U.S. high school. Students with higher than average tuition and fees can appeal to have this budget component adjusted.
Room and board represents housing and food costs. If you're living on or off campus, the room and board expense is determined by a double occupancy room in Gilbert, Grant, and Stevenson including an unlimited meal plan. Students residing with your parents will have a lower room and board component in the estimated budget.
Books and supplies expenses are for the purchase of books and supplies which can vary by program, enrollment and class. Costs for books and supplies represent the average across all programs assuming a full time course load.
Travel costs are reasonable, modest allowances and may include such expenses as gasoline/oil and regular vehicle maintenance.
Miscellaneous personal expenses can be comprised of costs for the purchase of clothing, personal items or recreation. Personal expenses may vary based on your lifestyle but may not appealed for an adjustment of expenses.
Calculating Your Costs
- NIU Planning and Cost Estimator
Use this tool to estimate your tuition costs, mandatory fees, housing and other costs for the academic year.
- Federal Net Price Calculator
What financing solutions are available to me?
We'll work with you and your family to help make an NIU education more affordable. We'll help in navigating through the financial aid application process and work with you to identify grants, loans and scholarship opportunities for which you may be eligible. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your individual circumstances and what financial aid resources may be available to make an NIU education within your reach.
Illinois residents who are first-time degree seeking undergraduate students (entering Fall Semester 2004 and thereafter) a fixed tuition rate for a time period of four continuous years beginning with their initial enrollment. Effective fall 2018, NIU extends the Truth-in-Tuition policy to all first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate out-of-state U.S. citizens and permanent resident students that graduated from a U.S. high school. This tuition policy is applicable to tuition rates only and does not apply to any fees, surcharges, room and board, or other charges that may be incurred at Northern Illinois University.
Read FAQs about managing college costs.
NIU School Code
Use NIU's School Code when completing the FAFSA.