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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Northeastern Illinois University tuition is $8,376 per year for in-state residents. This is 22% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,841. The cost is 64% cheaper than the average Illinois tuition of $23,081 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Illinois amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 83rd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $16,752 which represents a 100% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,762 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,138.

Housing Costs

Northeastern Illinois University doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Chicago area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $11,100.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,400.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $6,489 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Illinois residents to go to Northeastern Illinois University is $30,127 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $38,503. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $19,027.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 IPEDS survey response for Northeastern Illinois University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Northeastern Illinois University
Estimated Budgets
Illinois Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$30,127
   In-State Tuition$8,376
   Other Fees$1,762
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$11,100
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,489
   Books and Supplies$2,400
Illinois Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$19,027
   In-State Tuition$8,376
   Other Fees$1,762
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,489
   Books and Supplies$2,400
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$38,503
   Out-of-State Tuition$16,752
   Other Fees$1,762
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$11,100
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,489
   Books and Supplies$2,400

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $30,127 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Northeastern Illinois University net price for in-state students is $16,181* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

79% of Northeastern Illinois University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,417. 63 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,474. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Northeastern Illinois University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Northeastern Illinois University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,181*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid79%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,417
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants63%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,474

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$15,621
$30,001 to $48,000$15,948
$48,001 to $75,000$19,709
$75,001 to $110,000$22,553
$110,000+n/a

Average Financial Aid Mix - $30,127 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $30,127. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

27%
18%
55%

Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $6,417

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Northeastern Illinois University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 18% - $4,196

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 55% -  $13,025

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Northeastern Illinois University
Indiana University Northwest22.7% less expensive
University of Wisconsin Parkside24.8% less expensive
Indiana University South Bend22.7% less expensive
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne14.4% less expensive
Indiana State University2% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Northeastern Illinois University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Northeastern Illinois University is $120,508 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $13,373 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $53,492**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $150,635 or $66,865 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Northeastern Illinois University.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,188
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,064
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,376
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,252

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Northeastern Illinois University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Northeastern Illinois University
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$349
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$1,047
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$699
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,097
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,796

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 18% of Northeastern Illinois University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,196. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $11,112.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Northeastern Illinois University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $53,492, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $66,371.30. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Northeastern Illinois University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 79% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,373. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Northeastern Illinois University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Northeastern Illinois University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$553.09
Amount Borrowed$53,492.00
Interest Rate4.4%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,879.30
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$66,371.30

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Northeastern Illinois University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Northeastern Illinois University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $66,371.30 would be needed to afford a $553.09 monthly payment in the example $53,492.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Northeastern Illinois University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,600 to $8,376. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.4%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $120,508.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Northeastern Illinois University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$41,432$165,727
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$52,878$211,514
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $67,488$269,951
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $78,126$312,502

Tuition History

What was tuition at Northeastern Illinois University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$6,000$12,000 8.7%
2011$5,520$11,040 -22.1%
2010$7,082$12,962 10.4%
2009$6,414$11,694 13.7%
2008$5,642$10,322 12.6%
2007$5,009$9,209 10.9%
2006$4,517$8,357 25.6%
2005$3,596$6,572 13.6%
2004$3,165$5,805 5.5%
2003$3,000$8,016 3.5%
2002$2,898$7,746 8.8%
2001$2,664$7,344 3.4%
2000$2,576$7,100 2.8%
1999$2,507$6,875 1.5%
1998$2,469$6,693 5%
1997$2,352$6,432 4.8%
1996$2,244$6,180 5%
1995$2,138$5,942 3.7%
1994$2,062$5,758 12.4%
1993$1,834$5,170 -12.3%
1992$2,092$5,428 5.8%
1991$1,978$5,147 3.6%
1990$1,909$5,077 15.2%
1989$1,657$4,345 17.7%
1988$1,408$3,712 4.8%
1987$1,344$3,552

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Northeastern Illinois University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 173 2% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 144 15% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 119 10% costlier
Communication and Media Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 99 9% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 84 20% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 79 9% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 75 1% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 73 13% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 52 2% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 50 2% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 47 1% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 46 17% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 32 12% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 32 4% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 19 17% costlier
Bilingual and Multilingual Education Bachelor's Degree 18 21% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 17 16% cheaper
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling Bachelor's Degree 17 18% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 14 2% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 12 9% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 12 14% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 12 9% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 11 1% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 21% costlier
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 1% cheaper
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 20% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 5 8% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 4 0% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 2% costlier
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper

Calculators

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About Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University is a four year public college located in Chicago, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 4,876 and part time is 5,015.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N Saint Louis Ave
Chicago, Illinois
60625-4699

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Northeastern Illinois University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Northeastern Illinois University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147776 IPEDS survey data.