Cost to Attend Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Illinois

Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Northeastern Illinois University tuition is $10,091 per year for in-state residents. This is 33% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,601. The cost is 63% cheaper than the average Illinois tuition of $26,987 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 11th in Illinois amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 61st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $20,182 which represents a 100% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,973 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $12,064.

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 $10,742.

Books and Supplies

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

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $6,309 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 $31,515 for the 2021/2022 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $41,606. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $20,773.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2022 IPEDS survey response for Northeastern Illinois University and represent reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Costs and Tuition for Northeastern Illinois University
Estimated Budgets
Illinois Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$31,515
   In-State Tuition$10,091
   Other Fees$1,973
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$10,742
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,309
   Books and Supplies$2,400
Illinois Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$20,773
   In-State Tuition$10,091
   Other Fees$1,973
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,309
   Books and Supplies$2,400
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$41,606
   Out-of-State Tuition$20,182
   Other Fees$1,973
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$10,742
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,309
   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 $31,515 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 $14,831* for the 2019/2020 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

90% of Northeastern Illinois University students received grant aid in 2019/2020. The average total aid amount was $10,494. 74 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $4,997. 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$14,831*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid90%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,494
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants74%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,997

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 2019/2020 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$13,989
$30,001 to $48,000$13,290
$48,001 to $75,000$16,540
$75,001 to $110,000$19,808

Average Financial Aid Mix - $31,515 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $31,515. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

Grants and Scholarships
42% - $10,494

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
38% - $9,569

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

Out of Pocket
20% -  $5,143

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 2019/2020 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
Western Michigan University32.1% more expensive
University of Wisconsin Platteville36.4% less expensive
Ferris State University26.3% more expensive
Eastern Illinois University6.1% less expensive
Central Michigan University26.4% 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 $126,060 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 $157,575 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 2019/2020 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$5,046
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,758
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$10,091
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,803

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$412
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$1,236
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$824
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,472
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,296

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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. 25% of Northeastern Illinois University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $9,569.

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 $68,052.51. 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 90% 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$567.10
Amount Borrowed$53,492.00
Interest Rate4.99%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,560.51
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$68,052.51

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 $68,052.51 would be needed to afford a $567.10 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 $8,376 to $10,091. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.1%. 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 $126,060.00. 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 2028$43,340$173,362
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2033$55,315$221,259
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2038 $70,597$282,388
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2041 $81,725$326,900

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%


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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 3,144 and part time is 3,296. Learn more about getting accepted at Northeastern Illinois University at CollegeSimply.

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

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N Saint Louis Ave
Chicago, Illinois

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 IPEDS survey data. Data last updated February 2023 and reflects academic year 2021/2022 costs reported by the school.