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Choosing the right university is one of the most exciting and difficult decisions you will make.  At NKU, we know you are looking for a school that is affordable, safe and most importantly, has a reputation for academic excellence and career placement.

At NKU, you can create an experience that is just as unique as you are. It's a place where you'll turn your dreams into your future.

You belong at a university that helps you reach your full potential, and we support you to make the most of your experience.

Cost To Attend

The Office of Student Financial Assistance is required to establish an annual cost of attendance (COA). The COA is reflective of the student budget which includes: tuition,  room and board, books, transportation and miscellaneous expenses. Student budgets are different based on a student's residency (Kentucky resident/non-resident).

Student budgets also differentiate based on undergraduate, graduate and law programs of study. Cost of attendance can be prorated depending on the length of the term.  Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance if you have any questions regarding your student budget.

2023-2024 Student Expense Budgets 

For Undergraduates

The NKU Undergraduate Net Price Calculator is a guide to help families plan for educational costs at NKU. This calculator will estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and serve as a resource for early financial planning based on cost of attendance figures and student aid eligibility requirements.

You must complete the FAFSA and be admitted to NKU to receive an official financial aid package. The calculator will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Tuition Rates

2023-24 Undergraduate

Per credit hour rate

Full Time rate per semester
(12-16 hours)

KY Resident



Metro (1)



Indiana Residents (2)



Ohio Reciprocity (3)






Online Major



PACE Major



Dual Credit/School-Based Scholars




**Additional fees include the mandatory campus rec fee (see complete list of miscellaneous fees) as well as any applicable class fees. Click here to view class fees.

(1) Metro Rate: The former undergraduate Metro rate (prior to Fall 2017 only) is being phased out over the next 6 years.  Effective Fall 2019 - New incoming full-time students may be charged the regular non-resident rate but qualify for the EDGE award

(2) Indiana Rate: Degree seeking residents of the following counties in Indiana are eligible for this rate: Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland.  

(3) Ohio Reciprocity: A special rate for undergraduate students who are working on an initial bachelor's degree and meet ALL of the following three conditions. 

a.  Are a resident of certain Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Highland, or Warren.

b. Have an associate degree from one of the following Ohio institutions: University of Cincinnati (including UC Blue Ash College and UC Clermont College), Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Clark State Community College, Miami University - Hamilton, Miami University - Middletown or Southern State Community College.

c.  Have submitted all necessary credentials to the NKU Office of Undergraduate Admissions by appropriate deadlines. Fall deadline is August 1, spring deadline is December 1, and summer deadline is May 1. The following programs are excluded from this tuition program: Early Childhood Education (Birth - Kindergarten) and Nursing.


NKU has prioritized making their courses affordable for students from all walks of life and every corner of the world to receive the education they deserve.Cincinnati Enquirer

For Graduates
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Award winning programs. Convenient online options. Small class and cohort sizes. 

Coupled with our personalized student focus, these features make Northern Kentucky University the premier choice for furthering your education and enhancing your career path.

Our graduate programs are born in theory and grown in practice, giving you the core competencies and the confidence needed to succeed and lead in your career

Tuition Rates

Accelerated Online Majors
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NKU offers more than 30 affordable and comprehensive online degrees to fit your busy lifestyle and your goals.We strive to enhance your professional knowledge base and improve your career opportunities through our traditional 16-week or accelerated 7-week courses, as well as our 5-week format for the MBA.