Financing@NU

Student Financial Services has a comprehensive set of Frequently Asked Questions on their Web site. Parents are highly encouraged to review this information with their student.

Bills and Payments

Student Financial Services assists students and families in navigating the complexities of paying for a Northwestern education. They oversee student bills and collecting tuition, fees, and room and board charges. Due dates, which are shown on each bill, are September 1 for fall quarter, January 1 for winter quarter, and April 1 for spring quarter. A penalty fee is assessed on bills paid after the due date. Duplicate bills should be requested at through Student Financial Services; due dates cannot be extended when bills are not received.

Students can view their student accounts by logging in to CAESAR. An electronic billing and payment service, eBill & ePay, is available free of charge to Northwestern students and their parents. Students may authorize their parents to view bills and make payments online. Student access to eBill & ePay is via CAESAR. The University provides a tuition and fee installment plan, 9PAY, that allows parents to spread the educational costs for the academic year over nine monthly payments beginning in July. 9PAY applications are due in May for the following year.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Undergraduate Financial Aid assists qualified students who would not otherwise be able to attend Northwestern. Financial aid, including grants, loans, and part-time jobs, is available for full-time undergraduate students and is awarded on the basis of need. Students must reapply for aid each year. Reapplication materials are mailed to the student's address in mid-February. The deadline for reapplication is usually May 1. If families not receiving aid experience a dramatic change in financial circumstances, they should contact Undergraduate Financial Aid for information and counsel.

Banking Options On Campus

Evanston banks welcome student accounts. Student may cash checks of $50 or less at the Bursar's Office by presenting a valid University ID (WildCARD) and paying a 50 cent charge per check. Checks must be payable to an individual or to cash. A fee of $30 is charged for checks returned by the bank. ATMs are available at Norris University Center, the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Norris Aquatic Center, the Technological Institute, the Pancoe-ENH Life Sciences Pavilion, the Donald P. Jacobs Center, and on University Place near Scott Hall. Students may wish to use traveler's checks until University identification cards or bank cards are issued. Many merchants accept debit cards.

U.S. Bank provides the most access to students on Northwestern’s campus, and students can link their WildCARD to U.S. Bank checking and savings accounts.  There are, however, other accessible local and national banks in the downtown Evanston area. Here are a few to consider:

  • National City Bank of America
  • Harris
  • Chase
  • Fifth Third
  • Citibank
  • TCF
  • First Bank and Trust

We encourage you to contact these banks directly for more information.