Tuition and Fees

Financial Services Office
Address: 2201 C.B. Hedgcock
Phone: 906-227-1221
Coordinator Student Service Center and Manager of Financial Services: Steven L. Bigalk
Assistant Manager of Financial Services: Pamela A. Johnson

Students are eligible for registration or for graduation after they have fulfilled all requirements, including the payment of all financial obligations to Northern Michigan University. Students who incur obligations while enrolled may have their enrollment terminated administratively and summarily for failure to pay that obligation.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is defined as the mandatory charge to attend class and receive an entry (credit or audit) on a transcript. All tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees.

A fee is defined as a mandatory charge for a student to attend a class or classes. Fees are approved by the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

Students who elect a half credit-hour course will be charged at one-half the cost per credit hour.

Auditors (students who attend classes but do not desire credit) are governed by the same financial regulations as students desiring credit.

Payment Plans

Tuition and fees and on-campus housing charges must be paid in full by the due date specified. NMU offers both installment and deferral payment plans to assist students and their families in meeting their financial obligations to the university. Details about payment options may be obtained by contacting the Student Service Center. Information is also available online at Regardless of registration status, students should not attend classes until all tuition and fees are paid, or an installment or deferral plan has been instated.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Tuition and Fees

The 2010-2011 academic year rates are expected to be announced in July. Current tuition and fee rates may be obtained from the Student Service Center, 2201 C.B. Hedgcock, by calling 906-227-1221, or on the Web at

Included in the on-campus 2010-2011 academic year tuition and fees rates are the following:

Notebook computer: A ThinkPad® computer is provided for all full-time students. Part-time students may opt into the program for an additional fee. The computer will be replaced on a two-year cycle. Full-time art and design majors will be charged on additional $200 per semester ($400 per year) to cover the higher cost of the Apple MacBook® and additional software.

University fee: There is a per semester fee for the fall and winter semesters for all full-time students.

Student discretionary activity fee: There is a per semester fee for all students enrolled in six or more credits (on campus courses) for the fall and winter semesters.

Athletic fee: A one-time, non-refundable fee of $225 is charged to all first-time, full-time freshmen and new undergraduate transfer students. The fee is assessed once and permits access to all regular-season athletic events, based on space available, for up to six years as long as the student is enrolled in six credits or more.

The fee for transfer students is prorated based on the number of credit hours they transfer into NMU. Transfer students with 56 or more credit hours will be assessed a fee of $112.50. Transfer students with less than 56 credit hours will be assessed a fee of $225.

Senior Citizen Scholarship

Senior citizen applicants, aged 62 or older, are provided a full tuition scholarship by Northern Michigan University. The scholarship covers tuition only for on-campus classes; it does not provide for books, fees or tuition for off-campus or Web-based classes. To be eligible for this program, the senior citizen should submit an application for admission (no application fee) to the Admissions Office. Students should then register for courses in the Student Service Center, where they will be asked to provide proof of age.