Costs to Attend

Student in Art labWhat is it going to cost me to attend Northern?

NMU is ranked one of the best providers of educational value in Michigan. We offer installment payment plans, and most students receive some financial aid. Our goal is to minimize the barriers to a rich education.  

NMU operates under a "flat-rate" tuition plan, which means students can enroll in 12 to 16 credits per semester for one rate. Fewer or more credits  (1-11 or 16+ credits) are charged at a per-credit rate. Tuition and fees for full-time students includes the use of a ThinkPad notebook computer for all full-time students (12 credits or more a semester). MacBooks are provided for students declaring Art and Design as their primary major.  An Art and Design Technology Fee of $250 per semester ($500 per year) is required to cover the higher cost of the MacBook and its related software. To learn more about our cutting-edge technology program, visit Academic Computing Services.

  • Michigan students may qualify for one of several resident merit awards. See how NMU stacks up against other Michigan schools.
  • Michigan students who qualify for the state's Tuition Incentive Program are able to use Phase I and II funding at NMU.
  • Non-Michigan residents:  Our approach to "tuition reciprocity" is through our National Academic Award/Transfer National Academic Award.  The value of this award is reviewed annually with a goal of using this award to close the gap between out-of-state and in-state tuition rates as closely as possible. Residents of all U.S. states outside of Michigan are eligible. 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 or grandchildren 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 be in lieu of the National Academic 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.
  • Off-campus and web courses are charged per credit hour.

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

Summary of Expenses for 2018-19

*For on-campus lower level coursework (up to 55 total credits)

  Residents Non-residents
Tuition and fees $10,730


Room and board

$10,666 $10,666

Total Cost

$21,396 $26,892

Recreation pass of $82 per semester is for the on-campus Physical Education and Instructional Facility rec center and is refundable until the fifth day of the semester. Each new student pays a one-time student athletic fee of $246 for admission to all home varsity events, which covers the entire period of enrollment until graduation.

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

  • Textbooks and supplies
  • Transportation and personal expenses
  • Parking pass (optional; $140/year)

The 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).