Each semester, students who are enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University are billed for mandatory, optional and miscellaneous fees, most of which are billed at a per-credit-hour rate. A credit hour corresponds to one 50-minute lecture or discussion period, or two laboratory periods per week, for one term. Each course is typically offered for three credit hours per semester.

Some mandatory fees are billed as flat fees per term, such as the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) U-Pass fee assessed for all full-time undergraduate and graduate students who take at least one course on the Main Campus. The U-Pass provides unlimited travel on CTA buses and trains. The U-Pass fee is non-refundable.

Additionally, students are billed for optional services each semester, such as parking. Students may submit forms to have optional services waived. Once the waivers are submitted by the student and processed by the University, the fees are removed from students’ accounts.

Mandatory fees are intended to enhance and facilitate many aspects of University life. Below are the various mandatory fees that are combined to make up the total fee per credit hour. The maximum number of credit hours of mandatory fees per credit hour that students will be charged per semester is 16 credit hours.

2020–2021 Mandatory Fee per Credit Hour

$80.35 (up to a total of 16 credit hours)

Academic Enhancement Fee - $9.25

Dedicated to University renovation, improvement and upgrade of classrooms, laboratories and other academic space.

Campus Improvement Fee (remote and online) - $5

Supports current and future long-term investments in capital facilities and technology infrastructure.

CAMPUS Recreation Fee - $5.70

Supports a comprehensive recreation program, i3ncluding intramurals, wellness and fitness programs, aquatics, sport clubs and informal recreation.

Computer Resource Fee - $21.75

Dedicated to the enhancement of computer services available to students. Such purposes shall include the addition of computer workstations, additional “smart classrooms,” and increased access to the networks and communications highway currently in place as well as those to be built in the future. There will be an increased availability of staff to assist students in learning to take advantage of the new and evolving technologies.

student Health and wellness Fee - $5.50

Enables the University to provide assessment and care for a wide range of student health concerns.

Library Fee - $5

Helps fund various Library initiatives that support student-learning opportunities.

Online Course Fee (remote and online) - $65 

Supports infrastructure and operational costs involved in making online courses available to students.

Parking II Fee - $10 [Can be waived]

Permits students to access Blue Zone parking on University property. Students may upgrade to Gold Zone parking or opt out of the parking program.

Performing Arts Fee - $1.90

Helps support University theatre and dance productions, and musical concerts.

Student Activity Fee - $7

Used to support the Student Government Association (SGA), student organizations and clubs, and the many activities, programs, media and events sponsored by the SGA.

Student Union Fee (remote and online) - $9.25

Helps support the Student Union, which is the heart of the activity program on campus. It is the scene of lectures, discussions, concerts, dances, meetings and other activities. The facilities include food services, lounges and meeting rooms.

Additionally, the University charges mandatory fees that are charged once per semester as a flat fee rather than by credit hour.

2020–2021 Mandatory Flat Fees Per Semester

Green Fee - $3  

Funds the implementation of clean and renewable energy technologies and improvement of campus energy efficiency at the University. Some examples of the uses of this fee may include: a campus-wide energy audit, lighting efficiency improvements, alternate energy sources (solar panels) and recycling initiatives.

U-Pass Fee - (opt out option for Fall 2020) - $155  

Full-time undergraduate and full-time graduate students who are registered for at least one course on the Main Campus are issued with a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) U-Pass, which can be used anytime, anywhere for unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains. The CTA U-Pass is a mandatory, non-refundable fee.

Miscellaneous Fees

Name of Fee


Freshman Orientation Fee (one-time, non-refundable)


Transfer Orientation Fee (one-time, non-refundable)


Gold-level parking per semester (if upgrading from Blue level parking)


ID Card Replacement Fee


Deferred Payment Fee


Outstanding Balance Fee


Returned Check Fee


Complete Withdrawal Fee


Undergraduate Graduation and Commencement Fee (one-time, non-refundable)


Graduate Graduation and Commencement Fee (one-time, non-refundable)


Fees for Living in Campus Housing

Northeastern’s first residence hall, The Nest, was built in 2016 on the Main Campus. Furnished, apartment-style units are available in two- and four-bedroom layouts. All units come with full-sized kitchens. Amenities include an Academic Success Center with iMacs and free printing, state-of-the-art fitness center, recreation center with billiards and arcade games, and on-site laundry and maintenance. Admitted students can submit applications to live on campus online or by calling (773) 442-4663.

Rates for 2020–2021

10 months

12 months

 Shared Room (utilities included)



 Individual Room (utilities included)



Fees for Parking On Campus

After registering for classes, students have three options for parking: to participate in the Blue Zone parking program, to participate in the Gold Zone parking program or to opt out of the parking programs.

Blue Zone Parking Program

Students (including student workers and extra help employees) are automatically billed for the Blue Zone parking program, with the exception of those who are also full-time and part-time employees.

Students who choose to participate in the Blue Zone parking program will be assessed the parking fee based on credit hours enrolled. Students must register their vehicle online. Once a student’s virtual permit has been issued, it can be viewed online and coverage is effective immediately. A valid virtual permit, or ePass, will be required in all parking lots at all University locations 24 hours per day.

Gold Zone Parking Program

Students who prefer to participate in Gold Zone parking must sign a waiver form to opt out of the Blue Zone parking program and then independently purchase a Gold Zone parking virtual permit. Students must register their vehicle online. Once a student’s virtual permit has been issued, it can be viewed online and coverage is effective immediately. A valid virtual permit, or ePass, will be required in all parking lots at all University locations 24 hours per day.

Opting Out of Parking Programs

Students who choose not to participate in a parking program must sign a waiver form to opt out. The waiver form can be downloaded on the Parking Information Channel in NEIUport or picked up in the Office of Student Payment Services (D 101A) on the Main Campus.

Visit the Parking website for information on parking, virtual permits, parking registration and parking lots.

Refunds for parking are given in accordance with University tuition deadline dates and percentages

As of Fall 2017, student health insurance is no longer a mandatory University fee for full-time undergraduate students. Students looking for health insurance that meets Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements may enroll in an optional student health insurance plan offered by Aetna Student Health.

The following students and dependents are eligible to enroll in the plan on a voluntary basis:

  • Registered undergraduate students taking a minimum of six credit hours, including those registered in the University Without Walls program.
  • Registered graduate students enrolled for a minimum of three credit hours.
  • Registered international students holding an F1 or J1 visa and enrolled in (1) or more credit hours.
  • Spouses, domestic partners and children of eligible students.

To enroll online, please visit Aetna Student Health and follow the instructions. Premium payment will be made directly to Aetna Student Health. The University will no longer directly enroll or charge students for health insurance.

Students may also qualify for health insurance through the State of Illinois official ACA health marketplace. Visit Get Covered Illinois for more information.