University of Northern Iowa

Public, Four-years School Located in Cedar Falls, IA

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How much is the UNI tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, UNI's tuition & fees is $9,728 for Iowa residents and $21,272 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 $22,305 for Iowa residents and $33,849 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

UNI Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Iowa Residents Tuition & Fees$9,728
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$21,272
Books & Supplies Costs$800
On-campus Room & Board$9,343
On-campus Expenses$2,434
Off-campus Room & Board$9,160
Off-campus Expenses$2,434
2023-2024 Projection
Iowa Residents Tuition & Fees$9,053
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,753

How Much Does it Cost to Go to UNI for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $92,657 at UNI. 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 $142,061. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $109,684.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$22,003$34,006$26,317
Sophomore (2024-25)$22,760$34,992$27,039
Junior (2025-26)$23,542$36,008$27,782
Senior (2026-27)$24,352$37,056$28,547
4 Years Total$92,657$142,061$109,684
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$22,760$34,992$27,039
Sophomore (2025-26)$23,542$36,008$27,782
Junior (2026-27)$24,352$37,056$28,547
Senior (2027-28)$25,189$38,136$29,334
4 Years Total$95,842$146,191$112,701
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$23,542$36,008$27,782
Sophomore (2026-27)$24,352$37,056$28,547
Junior (2027-28)$25,189$38,136$29,334
Senior (2028-29)$26,055$39,249$30,145
4 Years Total$99,137$150,449$115,807
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$24,352$37,056$28,547
Sophomore (2027-28)$25,189$38,136$29,334
Junior (2028-29)$26,055$39,249$30,145
Senior (2029-30)$26,950$40,397$30,980
4 Years Total$102,545$154,838$119,006
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$25,189$38,136$29,334
Sophomore (2028-29)$26,055$39,249$30,145
Junior (2029-30)$26,950$40,397$30,980
Senior (2030-31)$27,877$41,581$31,840
4 Years Total$106,071$159,364$122,300

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, UNI' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Iowa, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $11,211.
University of Northern Iowa$9,728$21,272
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Iowa Four-years Colleges$21,556
Public Schools$8,453$11,211
Private Schools$25,497

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between UNI and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
University of Northern IowaCedar Falls, IA$9,728$21,272
Fairmont State UniversityFairmont, WV$8,454$18,372
University of BaltimoreBaltimore, MD$9,772$23,490
University of Massachusetts GlobalIrvine, CA$12,520$12,520
The Evergreen State CollegeOlympia, WA$8,999$30,980
Towson UniversityTowson, MD$11,306$28,326
Lock Haven UniversityLock Haven, PA$10,878$20,702
Angelo State UniversitySan Angelo, TX$8,319$18,399
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaPomona, CA$7,439$19,319
Worcester State UniversityWorcester, MA$11,286$17,366
Central Washington UniversityEllensburg, WA$9,192$26,771

Financial Aid and COA

At University of Northern Iowa, 5,888 students (74%) 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 $7,433.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at UNI is $26,416 for students living on-campus and $26,233 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,372 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 $6,412 and the average amount of student loans is $6,606.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Iowa ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$22,305$33,849
COA (off-campus)$22,122$33,666
Tuition & Fees$9,728$21,272
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$12,577$12,577
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$12,394$12,394
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$14,872$26,416
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$14,689$26,233
Average Financial Aid$7,433$7,433
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship5,88874%$7,433
Pell Grants2,07226%$4,449
Federal Student Loan3,71347%$5,963
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,37289%-
Grants or Scholarships1,27583%$6,412
Federal Grants79251%$4,964
Pell Grants32621%$4,903
Other Federal Grants79151%$2,950
State/Local Grants393%$5,315
Institutional Grants1,12373%$3,594
Student Loan Aid70546%$6,606
Federal Student Loans70346%$5,202
Other Student Loans1027%$9,808
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level791701$6,555
110,001 or more288230$4,890

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

UNI's acceptance rate is 85.79%. A total of 4,772 applicants applied to and 4,094 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,553 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 37.93%.
To apply to UNI, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and Completion of college-preparatory program. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate85.79%82.92%87.55%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)37.93%36.87%38.55%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither Required Nor Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to UNI. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,085 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 23.
Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,0859801,190
National Average1,168
Iowa Average1,131
SAT EBRW535490580
SAT Math550490610
ACT Composite232026
National Average24
Iowa Average23
ACT Math221826
ACT English221925

Student Population

University of Northern Iowa has a total of 8,945 students including 7,735 undergraduate and 1,210 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,424 male students and 5,793 female students attending UNI. The school offers online degree programs and 955 students enrolled online exclusively (10.68% of all students).
Total9,217 3,4245,793
Undergraduate7,967 3,1004,867
Graduate1,250 324926

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered174 Programs
Online Program Offered16 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered65 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate94.95%
Student Population8,945
Graduation Rate63%
Transfer-out Rate25%
Retention Rate83% (Full-time), 38% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate17 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties461 (Full-time), 130 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs1,437 (Full-time), 320 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$75,693
Average Staff Salary$66,819