Costs to Attend

Girls looking at computerWhat is it going to cost me to attend Northern?

NMU operates under a "flat-rate" tuition plan, which means students can enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester for one rate. Tuition and fees for full-time students includes the use of a ThinkPad notebook computer. Art and Design majors pay $250 more a semester and get a MacBook. To learn more about our cool technology program, visit Academic Computing Services.

  • Out-of-state students may qualify for one of several non-resident merit awards. See how NMU stacks up against other schools in the region.
  • Out-of-state students that are dependents of NMU alumni, those who have received a master's, baccalaureate, or associate degree, may be eligible for in-state tuition rates. (This award would override the National Success Award.)
  • Veterans or those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, and their covered individuals, receive resident-equivalent tuition rates. See our Residency Application.

To make the finances a bit easier, NMU offers three payment plans for tuition, fees and housing.

Summary of Expenses for 2015-16

  Residents Non-residents
Tuition and fees $9,620 $15,020
Room and board $9,286 $9,286
Total Estimated Yearly Costs $18,906 $24,306

First-year students pay a one-time athletic fee of $240 that gets you into all the games on campus - including hockey - your whole academic career.  Transfer students pay a one-time athletic fee of $120.

Families should also consider these additional expenses, which may vary by student:

  • Textbooks and supplies
  • Transportation and personal expenses
  • Recreational facilities pass (optional; $79 per semester/$148 per year)
  • Parking pass (optional; $140/year)

Cost CalculatorThe estimated cost of attendance calculator is the best way for you to get a feel for how much you can expect to pay. The calculator only considers merit-based scholarships and grants that are automatically awarded to eligible U.S. citizens/permanent residents who will be new to NMU based on your self-reported high school grade point average (RHSGPA) and ACT or SAT score (for new freshmen) or college GPA after high school graduation (for new transfer students).