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

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 obligation 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 NMU 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 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 Plan

Tuition and fees and on-campus housing charges must be paid in full by the due date specified. NMU offers both an installment and deferral plan that enables students to pay tuition and on-campus housing charges. Details about the program 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.

Graduate Student Tuition and Fees

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

The following are included in the 2009-2010 academic year tuition and fees rates for full-time students:

Notebook computer: The use of a ThinkPad® notebook computer is provided for all full-time graduate students (8 credits per semester during the academic year). The computer will be replaced on a two-year cycle. Part-time graduate students who wish to lease a notebook can do so by contacting Academic Computing at 906-227-2468.

University fee: There is a per-semester fee for the fall and winter semesters for all full-time (8 credit hours) 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.

Appeals Process

A committee exists to hear appeals from students who request exceptions to university policy in the following areas: refunds past stated deadlines, late registration fees and non-residency status. If a student feels that individual circumstances warrant exception to a policy, a written appeal may be sent to the appeals committee. Students wishing to submit appeals should contact the Dean of Students Office. The committee will consider the timeliness of the appeal in making its decision; appeals will not be considered for past semesters. The student will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision.