Mandatory Student Fees

Students registered at Northeastern Illinois University pay a variety of fees intended to enhance and facilitate many aspects of campus life.

Parking Fee – University students have three options regarding parking.

  1. Participate in the Blue level parking program
  2. Participate in the Gold level parking program
  3. Waive out of the parking program entirely

Students are automatically billed a Blue level parking fee of $10.00 per credit hour, up to a maximum of 16 enrolled credit hours per semester.  Vehicle registration for a virtual parking permit can be done on-line at

Gold level parking is available at a rate of $379.00 per semester.  Students who wish to participate in Gold level parking must sign a waiver form to opt out of Blue level parking and purchase Gold level parking. 

Students that do not want to participate in the parking program must submit a waiver form to opt out of the program.  The waiver form and more parking information are available in the Student Payment Services Office or at   

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

The Student Activity Fee is used to support the Student Government, student organizations and clubs, and the many activities, programs, media, and events sponsored by the above group.

The Computer Resource Fee is dedicated to the enhancement of computer services available to students. Such purposes shall include the addition of computer workstations in a lab situation, additional “smart classrooms”, and increased access to all 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 information technologies.

The Campus Improvement Fee supports current and future long-term investments in capital facilities and technology infrastructure.

The Green Fee funds implementation of clean and renewable energy technologies and improvement of campus energy efficiency at Northeastern Illinois University.

The Freshman Orientation Fee is a mandatory one-time fee paid by freshmen who are not transferring previously earned college credit; this fee supports orientation programs for these students.

The Performing Arts Fee helps to support university theatre and dance productions and musical concerts. The Campus Recreation Fee supports a comprehensive recreation program, including intramurals, wellness and fitness programs, aquatics, sport clubs and informal recreation.

The Health Service Fee enables the university to provide assessments and care for a wide range of student health concerns.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) U-Pass Fee provides an unlimited ride pass for the CTA, available to all full-time students.  For the Spring, Summer and Fall terms, full-time is defined as 12 credit hours minimum for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours minimum for graduate students.

Student Health Insurance

Beginning in the fall 2017 semester, student health insurance will no longer be a mandatory University fee for full-time undergraduate students. Students looking for health insurance that meets ACA (Affordable Care Act) 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 6 credit hours, including those registered in the University Without Walls program.
  • Registered graduate students enrolled for a minimum of 3 credit hours.
  • Registered international students holding an F1or J1 visa and enrolled in (1) or more credit hours.
  • Spouses, domestic partners and children of eligible students.

Enrollment will begin in July 2017 for the fall term. To enroll online, please go to 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 for more information

The Academic Enhancement Fee is dedicated to University renovation, improvement, and upgrade of classrooms, laboratories, and other academic space.