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 Level 2 parking program
  2. participate in Level 1 parking
  3. waive out of the parking program entirely

Students are automatically billed a level 2 parking fee of $10.00 per credit hour, up to a maximum of 16 enrolled credit hours per semester.

Level 1 parking is available at a rate of $379.00 per semester.  Students who wish to participate in level 1 parking must sign a waiver form to opt out of level 2 parking and purchase level 1 parking.  Forms are available at .

Students that do not want to participate in the parking program must submit a waiver form to opt out of the program. Forms and more parking information are available in the Cashier’s 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 Fee — All full-time undergraduate students are automatically billed for Student Health Insurance. Undergraduate students have the option to waive the health insurance by completing a health insurance waiver with proof of insurance no later than the tenth day of classes. The health insurance cost is non-refundable after the tenth day of classes. Please be aware that the plan protects all participating students twenty-four hours a day. Please review the Student Health Insurance Plan Brochure (information available online at, for plan effective dates.

Be aware that in order to avoid a lapse in coverage, insurance should be purchased each semester, Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. This should be done at the Cashier’s Office at the time the tuition payment is made.

Part time undergraduate students enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours and master degree students who wish to purchase student health insurance will need to pay the premium at the Cashier’s Office prior to the tenth day of classes. If dependent coverage is desired, the student must obtain an insurance application form at the Health Service Office located in E051.

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