Tuition and Costs

Quality education, affordable price

At Northern, we’re known for being one of the best values in the region, but we know that cost is still a major concern for most families.

We’re here to help.

Most of our students - about four out of five - receive some form of financial assistance. Our financial aid staff can guide you through the process, talking with you one-on-one about our scholarships and grants.

Is college worth the price?

We think so - in fact, it’s worth $500 more each week. That’s how much more you’ll earn, on average, with a bachelor’s degree compared to just completing high school. That’s:

  • $26,000 more each year
  • $1 million more in a 40-year career.

More data can be found at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2021-2022 Undergraduate Costs
Tuition
$7,615
Fees
$1,228
Room
$4,796
Meal Plan
$4,022
$17,661

Est. Yearly Total for Residents of: SD/ND/IA/NE/CO/WY/MT

Tuition
$8,695
Fees
$1,228
Room
$4,796
Meal Plan
$4,022
$18,741

Estimated Yearly Total for Minnesota Resident

Reciprocity rate effective through Summer 2021
Tuition
$10,717
Fees
$1,228
Room
$4,796
Meal Plan
$4,022
$20,763

Estimated Yearly Total for Non-Resident

Financial Aid Cost of Attendance
Estimated annual expenses not included in the figures above:
  • Books/supplies: $1,200
  • Transportation: $2,000
  • Personal: $2,200
Tuition per Credit
Undergraduate On-Campus 2021-22

Costs below do not reflect all fees. See Fees for information.

Resident
$253.85
State employee, ROTC, teacher certification
$126.95
Over 65
$139.60
Colo., Iowa, Mont., Neb., N.D. and Wyo. (starting Summer 2019 for new freshmen and transfers)
$253.85
Nonresident
$357.25
Minnesota reciprocity (through Fall 2020)
$289.85
Graduate 2021-22

Costs below do not reflect all fees. See Fees for information.

Resident
$333.25
State employee, teacher certification
$166.65
Graduate Assistant
$176.60
Over 65
$183.30
Nonresident
$622.15
Minnesota reciprocity (through Summer 2021)
$502.90
Off-Campus, Online & Distance Education 2021-22

These rates reflect total per credit hour. No additional fees will be assessed.

Undergraduate Internet
$354.75
Undergraduate Distance Education and Centers
$354.75
Undergraduate Remedial
$354.75
Undergraduate Teacher Certification
$227.85
Graduate Internet
$470.45
Graduate Distance Education and Centers
$470.45
Graduate Assistant Internet
$313.80
Externally Supported
$40.00
Graduate Teacher Certification
$303.85