Tuition and Costs International Students

Spend Less for the Same Degree: Estimated Costs of Attending NIC

Save close to $10,000 per year by taking your first year at NIC and then transferring to university.

Estimated costs for one year of study at NIC compared to university (two terms = 8 months from September to April)*

North Island College Urban University
Tuition $13,500 $21,000
Books & Supplies** $1,800 $2,000
Mandatory Fees*** and Medical Insurance $1,825 $2,000
Accommodation & Food $7,525
Personal Expenses $1,800 $1,800
(varies by campus)
$600 $250
$27,050 $36,550

* Based on a course load of 10 university courses per year and subject to annual costs of living increase.
This estimated cost comparison is intended as a guide only. Actual costs vary depending on institution, program and living arrangements.

** Books & Supplies – books, supplies and lab fees are not included in tuition and vary depending on the program and courses selected. Programs such as Tourism & Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Trades have additional expenses for equipment, field trips, etc.

*** Mandatory Fees

  • Application Processing Fee - $100.00 non-refundable
  • Learner Resource Fee - $5.30 per credit, Trades and Vocational programs vary, non-refundable
  • Student Union Fee - $4.19 per credit, Trades and Vocational programs vary, non-refundable
  • International Service Fee - $30.00 per credit or $100.00 per month for program-based tuition, non-refundable
  • Student Union Extended Healthy & Dental - $275.00 per year, non-refundable
  • Temporary Medical Insurance - $180.00 for initial 90 days, non-refundable
  • Accommodation Placement Fee - $250.00 non-refundable (if applicable)

Please refer to our programs page for estimated tuition and costs of each program. This page will help you understand the details of payment. The information on this page is effective for courses and programs with start dates after August 15, 2019 and for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Visit our programs page for detailed information on all of your education opportunities with NIC.