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Northern Illinois University freezes tuition for 4th straight year

Student fees also lowered

DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees voted Thursday to freeze tuition and lower fees for the 2018-19 school year. Tuition at the university has remained the same since the 2015-16 school year.

Tuition will be $348.84 a credit hour for the first 11 hours a student takes. Students taking more than 12 credit hours will have their tuition capped at $5,332.80 for the semester – about the cost of 15 credit hours.

The rate will apply to students who enroll in the 2018-19 school year, and it will remain consistent for nine consecutive semesters, according to state and university policy.

“We realize earning a degree from an institution like NIU can be life-changing for a student, and we are committed to keeping NIU affordable,” board Chairman Wheeler Coleman said in a news release.

Hourly rates for high-demand fields, such as engineering and computer science, will be $40 higher, with the difference going toward keeping labs in line with industry standards.

The board also approved a decrease in undergraduate fees by 0.5 percent, including the health insurance fee, health and wellness charges and the athletic program fee.

A new student living on campus in a two-student room and taking 12 or more credit hours will see his or her cost to attend NIU go down one-tenth of a percentage point, according to the release.

“These actions dramatically demonstrate NIU’s commitment to keeping higher education accessible and affordable,” said Sol Jensen, vice president for the Division of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communication. “That affordability, combined with our excellent programs, should make NIU an even more attractive choice for students looking for a degree that will help them succeed in life.”

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