NIU Freezes Tuition And Room And Board For 2020-2021 Academic Year

Dec 16, 2019

Credit Susan Stephens

Northern Illinois University officials continue to look for ways to attract new students.

Fall enrollment hit its lowest level in 50 years. Officials recently announced they will freeze tuition rates for the sixth year in a row.  Room and board rates will also remain flat next year. The university will cap tuition at  $4,732.80 per semester for students taking 12 or more credit hours. That’s to encourage students to finish their degree on time. University President Lisa Freeman said NIU will also lower student fees.

“The idea and the experience of an NIU education as 'high value' will become more word-of-mouth spread throughout the state of Illinois,” she said.

She says the school was able to reduce student fees by 3.2% through area partnerships. Freeman said the university is also working to move toward an admissions process that doesn’t rely on standardized test requirements.