Tuition and Fees Information

Tuition and fees at North Idaho College are among the lowest in Idaho and the Inland Northwest. All rates listed on the Tuition and Fees page are subject to change without notice.

Any person attending a class must be a registered student. By registering for classes, a student incurs a legal obligation to pay tuition and fees. Regardless of whether a student pays tuition and fees with cash, personal check, credit card, financial aid, or by some other means, it is the student's responsibility to satisfy the financial obligation. Tuition, fees, and any special fees must be paid on or before the due date noted on the payment screen when registering online, unless financial aid has been approved. This includes any funds received through the Financial Aid Office involving over-payments, refunds, or delinquent loans. Students will be responsible for collection costs and legal fees added if the services of a collection agency are utilized for unpaid balances.

Payment of regular student fees entitles the student to the services maintained by NIC for the benefit of students. No reduction in fees can be made for students who may not desire to use these services. Some courses and special services have additional fees. For fee paying purposes, full-time status is defined as 12 or more credit hours per semester.

Students who are eligible for financial aid, but who have not completed the financial aid application process prior to registration, will be expected to pay all required charges on or before the due date.

North Idaho College will not impose any penalty, including assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because the individual's inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs under Chapter 31 or 33. A covered individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, or Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Idaho residents not living in Kootenai County must submit a Certificate of Residency to receive county support. The county waiver is applicable to the first 10 credits biller per semester. The county waiver is a maximum of $500 per semester, with a lifetime cap of $3,000.

Books and supplies for academic transfer programs are estimated at $500 per semester. Career and technical education programs may have additional costs fo books, supplies, and tools which may vary from $500 to $3,000 per year.

Tuition and fees are established annually by the NIC Board of Trustees. Interested persons may inquire at Cardinal Central for applicable rates and payment information. NIC reserves the right at any time to change its charges. In the unlikely event that such changes become necessary, NIC will endeavor to give advance notice.

General and Special Fees

General Fees

General fees are paid as part of tuition and fees. These fees are mandatory charges assessed to every student. General fees are charged at a rate of $40 per credit, up to a maximum of 12 credits ($480). A detailed listing of the General Fees can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.

Course Fees

Some classes have additional course fees (lab fees, etc.). Course fees are subject to change without prior notification. Students enrolling in classes with course fees must pay these fees. Course fees are subject to the same payment due dates established by the College for tuition and fees. If course fees are incurred as a result of adding class(es), the additional course fees are due and payable at the time of registration.

Late Fees

All tuition, housing and meals, as well as other fees, are due the day before the first day of the term. A $50 late payment fee will be assessed to accounts that are not paid in full, or do not have a signed payment plan contract, the day after the published 100% refund date.

Senior Citizens' Fees

North Idaho College offers a special rate to non-degree seeking individuals who are 60 years or older, prior to the start of the class. The senior citizen rate for non-degree credit classes is $25 per class plus $5 per credit.

Fees for non-credit courses, materials, books, or special fees are full price. Degree-seeking seniors will pay full tuition rates for all courses.


Program Deposits

Deposits made to competitive entry programs will be applied to tuition and fee charges for the initial semester or term of enrollment. All program deposits are non-refundable. No refund will be given if a student withdraws after the prescribed deadline.

Residence Hall Deposits

A $200 deposit will be due one week after the application has been received in order to be considered for a room. The deposit is not to be construed as partial payment for room and board. This deposit serves as a guarantee against loss and breakage of residence hall equipment and furniture. The deposit remains in effect through the period of application and residency. All students who fulfill the terms of the contract after occupancy will receive a refund of their deposit within four weeks after checking out of the resident hall (less any deductions for losses, damages, fines, or monies owed to the college).

British Murder Mysteries Trip Deposit

The British Murder Mysteries class (FLAN-207) takes a trip to Europe each spring. This $300 deposit will be used to guarantee the student a spot on the trip. The deposit will be applied to the fee charge for the class which helps pay for the transportation costs. If the tuition and fees are paid in full, paid by financial aid, or paid by a third-party sponsor, the deposit will be refunded to the student to use on their trip.

Tuition Payment Plan

Students may setup a payment plan for their current semester balance on their Self-Service Student Finance page. Payments will be drafted once a month based on the option selected. Payment plan selection must be completed before midnight on the 100% refund date. The 100% refund date for each term may be found on the academic calendar. 

North Idaho College Refund Policy


Students who officially drop from all classes at North Idaho College prior to the published 100% refund date, may be entitled to a partial refund of their tuition and fees. If financial aid paid a portion of those charges, then a portion of the refund must be returned to the federal financial aid funds. Students with questions should visit with staff at Cardinal Central prior to dropping their classes.

Refunds for Drops from Full Semester-Length Courses

Students who drop full semester-length credit courses (day, evening, or Internet) will, on dropping the course(s) in MyNIC, receive refunds as follows:

Fall Semester

If you drop from one or all of your classes by 11:59 p.m. the third Tuesday after the first day of the Fall Semester, you will receive a 100 percent refund.

Spring Semester

If you drop from one or all of your classes by 11:59 p.m. the third Tuesday after the first day of the Spring Semester, you will receive a 100 percent refund.

Summer Session

If you drop from one or all of your classes by 11:59 p.m. the second Tuesday after the first day of the Summer Session, you will receive a 100 percent refund.

Should a class be canceled, students will receive a full refund for the class.

Refunds for Drops from Short-Term Courses

Students who withdraw from short-term courses (less than 15 weeks in length) will, on dropping the course(s) in MyNIC,  receive refunds as follows:

  1. If withdrawal is made within five days of the class starting, 100 percent will be refunded.
  2. No refund will be allowed after the fifth day.

Should a class be canceled, students will receive a full refund for the class.

Refunds for Students Called to Active Military Service

Members of the Idaho National Guard and Reserve serve a vital function for our country. In the event that members of the National Guard or Reserve are called involuntarily to active duty, they will be administratively dropped with a grade of W from classes and any tuition and fees paid will be refunded in full. Copies of orders calling a student to active duty must be provided to the Veterans Service Coordinator who will initiate the administrative withdrawal from classes and the refund process.