Northern Illinois University

Public, Four-years School Located in Dekalb, IL

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How much is the Northern Illinois tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Northern Illinois's tuition & fees is $12,472 for Illinois residents and $12,700 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $27,632 for Illinois residents and $27,860 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Northern Illinois Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$12,472
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$12,700
Books & Supplies Costs$1,300
On-campus Room & Board$11,420
On-campus Expenses$2,440
Off-campus Room & Board$11,420
Off-campus Expenses$2,440
2023-2024 Projection
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees-
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$14,685

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Northern Illinois for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $53,165 at Northern Illinois. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $113,073. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $74,167.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$12,932$27,225$17,761
Sophomore (2024-25)$13,169$27,908$18,271
Junior (2025-26)$13,409$28,610$18,797
Senior (2026-27)$13,654$29,330$19,337
4 Years Total$53,165$113,073$74,167
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$13,169$27,908$18,271
Sophomore (2025-26)$13,409$28,610$18,797
Junior (2026-27)$13,654$29,330$19,337
Senior (2027-28)$13,904$30,069$19,894
4 Years Total$54,136$115,917$76,300
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$13,409$28,610$18,797
Sophomore (2026-27)$13,654$29,330$19,337
Junior (2027-28)$13,904$30,069$19,894
Senior (2028-29)$14,158$30,829$20,468
4 Years Total$55,126$118,838$78,496
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$13,654$29,330$19,337
Sophomore (2027-28)$13,904$30,069$19,894
Junior (2028-29)$14,158$30,829$20,468
Senior (2029-30)$14,417$31,608$21,058
4 Years Total$56,134$121,836$80,757
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$13,904$30,069$19,894
Sophomore (2028-29)$14,158$30,829$20,468
Junior (2029-30)$14,417$31,608$21,058
Senior (2030-31)$14,681$32,409$21,666
4 Years Total$57,160$124,916$83,085

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Northern Illinois' tuition is comparable to the average tuition of $12,949. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Illinois, its tuition is comparable to the average tuition of $13,638.
Northern Illinois University$12,472$12,700
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,570
Public Schools$7,197$12,949
Private Schools$20,875
Illinois Four-years Colleges$19,553
Public Schools$10,585$13,638
Private Schools$21,336

Financial Aid and COA

At Northern Illinois University, 11,297 students (95%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $9,294.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Northern Illinois is $18,566 for students living on-campus and $18,566 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 2,136 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $12,552 and the average amount of student loans is $6,377.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Illinois ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$27,632$27,860
COA (off-campus)$27,632$27,860
Tuition & Fees$12,472$12,700
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$15,160$15,160
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$15,160$15,160
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$18,338$18,566
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$18,338$18,566
Average Financial Aid$9,294$9,294
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship11,29795%$9,294
Pell Grants5,37345%$4,666
Federal Student Loan5,83149%$6,666
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid2,13699%-
Grants or Scholarships2,13599%$12,552
Federal Grants2,03295%$3,808
Pell Grants1,23157%$4,926
Other Federal Grants1,93690%$865
State/Local Grants1,31161%$4,969
Institutional Grants2,06896%$6,068
Student Loan Aid1,27459%$6,377
Federal Student Loans1,26059%$5,214
Other Student Loans1296%$12,050
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level1,6641,649$13,050
110,001 or more249237$5,474

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Northern Illinois's acceptance rate is 70.45%. A total of 22,602 applicants applied to and 15,922 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 2,285 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 14.35%.
To apply to Northern Illinois, 5 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school rank, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Acceptance Rate70.45%67.49%72.62%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)14.35%15.84%13.39%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRequired
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

Northern Illinois University has a total of 15,649 students including 11,429 undergraduate and 4,220 graduate students. By gender, there are 7,372 male students and 8,862 female students attending Northern Illinois. The school offers online degree programs and 2,208 students enrolled online exclusively (14.11% of all students).
Total16,234 7,3728,862
Undergraduate11,834 5,5756,259
Graduate4,400 1,7972,603

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, IL
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered162 Programs
Graduate Program Offered93 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate70.00%
Student Population15,649
Graduation Rate53%
Retention Rate65% (Full-time), 29% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate14 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties787 (Full-time), 248 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs2,675 (Full-time), 288 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$85,852
Average Staff Salary$63,101