Northern State University Tuition Fees

See current and projected in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees for Northern State University, and how those expenses contrast with nationwide and regional averages. In this NSU cost report, you’ll find:

How Much Does NSU Charge for Tuition?

At Northern State University the average out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates were $11,821 in 2019-2020. If you were a South Dakota resident, the yearly charges were $8,750.


Northern State University tuition and fees is the number charged to students for one year of attendance and do not include room and board.

Remember that many students qualify for scholarships and financial aid that will lower the amount they have to pay.

How much does Northern State University cost for part-time students?

Go to the Cost Per Credit Hour page for details.

How Do NSU Tuition & Fees Compare to Other Schools?

At the national level, the average out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,609 a year. With an average cost of $11,821 in tuition and fees for undergraduate students, Northern State University is inexpensive when compared to the national average.

In-state undergrads in South Dakota pay an average of $16,509 for tuition and fees. In-state undergraduates at NSU pay about $8,750 a year, which is significantly less than the countrywide average.

The chart below shows how NSU compares to other schools nationwide, in the region, and in the state.

NationwidePlains StatesSouth Dakota
Out-of-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveAverage
In-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveInexpensive

Note that a school may appear to be more expensive than another school when you look at tuition and fees alone, but it may actually be a better deal when you factor in financial aid packages. For more details on that, see Northern State University Financial Aid.

NSU Tuition & Fees Five-Year Projection

With an average annual growth rate of 1.87% for the past five years, South Dakota residents could expect to pay $9,080 this year if the percentage growth remains the same.

If in-state tuition and fees keep growing at the same pace, the estimated cost for two years at NSU would be $18,329, and $37,348 for four years.

For out-of-state students, tuition and fees have increased by about 1.79% in the past five years. This year, out-of-state students will be paying approximately $12,249 if the percentage increases stay the same.

For two years This means an estimated $24,717 for two years of out-of-state tuition and fees at NSU and $50,329 for four years.