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 - more than 82 percent last year - 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 - including our brand new program that helps those impacted by COVID-19 and other emergencies.

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.

2019-2020 Costs
Tuition
$7,541
Fees
$1,211
Room
$3,787
Meal Plan
$3,924
$16,463

Estimated Yearly Total for SD/ND/IA/NE/CO/WY/MT Resident

Books and supplies not included
Tuition
$8,483
Fees
$1,211
Room
$3,787
Meal Plan
$3,924
$17,405

Estimated Yearly Total for Minnesota Resident

Books and supplies not included
Tuition
$10,611
Fees
$1,211
Room
$3,787
Meal Plan
$3,924
$19,533

Estimated Yearly Total for Non-Resident

Books and supplies not included
Costs per Credit Hour
Undergraduate
Resident
$251.35
State employee, ROTC, teacher certification
$125.65
Over 65
$138.25
Colo., Iowa, Mont., Neb., N.D. and Wyo. (starting Summer 2019 for new freshmen and transfers)
$251.35
Nonresident
$353.70
Minnesota reciprocity (through Summer 2019)
$272.80
Graduate
Resident
$329.95
State employee, teacher certification
$164.95
Graduate Assistant
$174.90
Over 65
$181.50
Nonresident
$616.00
Minnesota reciprocity (through Summer 2019 Term)
$471.45

Costs above do not reflect fees. See Fees for information.

Off Campus, Online & Distance Education
Undergraduate Internet
$351.25
Undergraduate Distance Education and Centers
$351.25
Undergraduate Remedial
$351.25
Undergraduate Teacher Certification
$225.60
Graduate Internet
$465.80
Graduate Distance Education and Centers
$465.80
Graduate Assistant Internet
$308.10
Externally Supported
$308.10
Graduate Teacher Certification
$300.85

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