NAU tuition proposal creates sustainable resources to ensure equity for Lumberjacks—now and into the future

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To support the university’s bold strategic initiatives, address inflationary costs as a result of no change in tuition over the last several years and to ensure NAU has the resources necessary to provide equitable value for all Lumberjacks, Northern Arizona University proposes a tuition increase of 3.5 percent for all Flagstaff and statewide graduate and undergraduate students. NAU’s Pledge Program, which guarantees a tuition rate for four years for incoming resident undergraduate students on the Flagstaff campus, remains in place.

President José Luis Cruz Rivera said the proposed increase in tuition, which accounts for less than half of current inflationary costs, provides the sustainable resources NAU needs to deliver high-quality academic and student support programs that contribute to transformative outcomes. The university will begin to moderate the incremental impact of the proposed increase on students in need through the new Arizona Promise Program and a multi-year recalibration of institutional financial aid practices.

“Our 2022-2023 tuition and fee proposal reflects our focus on equity, access and value, while also bridging the gap in resources caused by three class years with no tuition increase for most students, ongoing inflationary cost pressures, and the imperative to invest in new strategic initiatives to bolster our programs and services to students,” Cruz Rivera said. “Now, more than ever, our work at NAU must advance equitable policies and practices and seek to broaden participation, close achievement gaps and propel transformative outcomes that promote individual social and economic mobility in communities throughout our state and beyond.”

The NAU tuition proposal also creates a tiered academic college fee structure, which puts two-thirds of students in the lowest college fee tier. This creates transparency and broadens the understanding of how fees are used to support students. There also will be a tuition increase for international students to address the additional support services needed; online students will see an increase of 2 percent, and Personalized Learning will increase by 3 percent per 6-month subscription.

It also includes a proposal to simplify tuition to reflect a per-credit hour cost up to full-time (12 credits) for all new and continuing Flagstaff and statewide students. This allows part-time students (enrolled in seven to 11 hours) to pay only for enrolled credit hours, which will decrease the total cost of a degree for part-time students, who are more likely to be low-income or be from underrepresented groups, relative to full-time students.

NAU’s proposal increases the enrollment deposit to $325 for incoming Fall 2023 students, which ensures there are no additional charges for students and their guests at orientation and provides support for first-generation and underserved students.

NAU also proposes a 3 percent increase in residential housing rates to support increasing costs and to address building renovation needs. The rates also ensure NAU is competitive with off campus options that are 12-month leases and include utilities and application fees.

Due to escalating food prices and Sodexo’s increased labor costs, and to enhance flexibility in meal plan options, the proposal includes a 3.9 percent increase in the 2022-2023 meal plan.

Flagstaff campus

  • New resident undergraduate students: $12,273
  • New nonresident undergraduate students: $27,535
  • Resident graduate students: $12,639
  • Nonresident graduate students: $29,189
  • International undergraduate students: $28,535
  • International graduate students: $30,189

NAU-Yuma, NAU-Yavapai and NAU Statewide locations

  • Resident undergraduate students: $8,646
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $8,646
  • Resident graduate students: $11,386
  • Nonresident graduate students: $27,320

Personalized Learning

  • Personalized Learning: $3,100/six-month subscription
  • Personalized Learning- nursing programs: $3,850/six-month subscription


  • Undergraduate: $465 per credit hour
  • Graduate: $585 per credit hour

View the 2022-2023 President’s Recommendation Base Tuition and Fees to ABOR.

Read President Cruz Rivera’s letter to ABOR.

Public tuition hearing scheduled

Northern Arizona University will conduct a virtual public hearing for testimony and comments from the public, students and other interested parties regarding 2022-2023 tuition and fee proposals in conjunction with the Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona from 3-5 p.m. March 28. The hearing will be streamed through ABOR Live.

Regents will also accept comments electronically at either 2700 N Central Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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