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NIU is working to help those students who need it most, with its support of the DoublePell campaign.

Editorial: Doubling Pell Grant creates opportunity for success

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 25, 2022
Doubling the Pell Grant would allow students a better opportunity for future success.

Enrollment can increase by encouraging students to start at NIU

By Jack Baudoin | February 9, 2020

Going away to college is something a lot of people dream of. Every year, students around the world apply to and enroll at different universities. Despite this, NIU’s enrollment is dropping every year. If the university hopes to break this trend, it...

Enrollment low due to tuition costs

By Payton Higgins | October 2, 2019

A 2019 fall headcount places enrollment at just 16,609 students, a 3% decline from last year and the lowest it has been in 41 years, according to the NIU data book. A fall 2018 student census found that the total enrollment was 17,169 — almost a 600...

Point/Counterpoint: Tuition rates

By Perspective Staff | November 13, 2017

On Oct. 19, the Board of Trustees approved a domestic rate structure that will make out-of-state tuition equal to in-state starting fall 2018.Reduced tuition will not save enrollmentMaddi Smith To combat low enrollment, NIU matched the out-of-state tuition...

Rauner’s budget plan can cause layoffs, tuition raise

By Rachel Scaman | February 19, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts will put a roadblock on the path NIU students take to get an education.NIU was given about $93 million from the state for Fiscal Year 2015, but that would be cut by about $29.3 million to about $64 million with Rauner’s...

NIU should show good, bad of changes in cost

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 13, 2014

NIU needs to illustrate costs for all new students when comparing tuition, fees and room and board between the 2015 and 2016 academic school years.Next year’s new students will pay $578 less than the $23,284 in tuition, fees and room and board paid...

NIU cost of attendance cuts come with price for some

By Keith Hernandez | November 10, 2014

Full-time undergraduate students living on campus may see a reduction in the cost of attendance next year if the Board of Trustees approves committee recommendations.The Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee approved recommendations at a Thursday...

Freshman psychology major Jason Betts Jr. (left) and sophomore English major Jalen Olajuwon walk down Lucinda Avenue on April 28, 2014, following a workout at the Recreation Center.

Projected enrollment drop hurts financially

By Keith Hernandez | April 28, 2014

NIU expects a drop in total enrollment of up to 800 students for the 2014-2015 academic year, during which potential state budget cuts could place a higher burden on tuition, fees and room and board for revenue.Tuition, fees and room and board made up...

BSU gets supplemental funding from SA Senate

By Betsy Mathew | April 7, 2014

Student Association Senate passed a resolution to provide $8,925 in supplemental funding to the Black Student Union at Senate’s Sunday meeting.The BSU is an umbrella organization that supports at least 22 organizations on campus.“We focus on unity...

Sophomore philosophy major Samantha Bittner (left) leads a group of prospective students near the food court in Neptune Hall Monday. The Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition for incoming students while lowering housing rates.

Funding fears fuel tuition raise

By Kelley Byrne | March 3, 2014

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Brad Hoey, director of University Marketing, said NIU's tuition stays at a constant for students for six years. Hoey later contacted the Northern Star to clarify that NIU's tuition stays at a constant for...

Retention woes trouble NIU

Retention woes trouble NIU

By Allison Krecek | February 26, 2014

Correction: In the Wednesday article “Retention woes trouble NIU,” the Northern Star incorrectly reported that NIU spokesman Paul Palian had said “part of the reason for the decrease in student enrollment is due to lack of communication among students...

College debt can be a pain for parents

By Annastazia Camarena | February 25, 2013

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but if it did students would still need a forest to cover their college tuition. As college tuition steadily increases, many are finding out that student loans and financial aid aren’t covering the cost of their tuition....