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9PAY Payment Plan

9PAY is an installment payment option for tuition, fees and room and board (if applicable).
It allows participants to make their Northwestern tuition and fee payments in nine monthly installments instead of at the start of each term.

There are no finance or interest charges; the only cost is a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

You may cancel your participation in 9PAY at any time without penalty by notifying the Office of Student Accounts in writing or by e-mail. The normal University financial regulations would then apply.
Nine monthly 9PAY payments:
nine monthly payments
Budgeted amounts for undergraduates post in three term allocations:
Three acacemic calendar payments
Graduate and professional 9PAY schedules may differ, depending on your school.

9PAY is open to parents or guardians of Northwestern undergraduate, graduate, or professional school students and to Northwestern graduate or professional school students. Students must be enrolled full-time in a Northwestern degree program for the entire academic year.

How to Apply for 9PAY Online
Step-by-step instructions describe how to apply in CAESAR for the upcoming academic year.

Payments can be made online or by check.
  • Online payers can schedule all payments at one time instead of having to mail nine separate checks. No envelope, stamp, or coupon is needed. See Guest Access with detailed steps for students and guests.
  • Mailed payments are due on the first day of the month. Payments start July 1 (prior to the start of the fall term) and the final monthly payment for the school year is due March 1. Enclose a 9PAY coupon with your mailed payment.
  • See Payment Methods for the mailing address, and other payment details.

A late fee may be charged to the student's account if a 9PAY payment is not received by the due date. If a payment is late by 30 days or more, the Office of Student Accounts reserves the right to cancel your 9PAY participation.

You will receive a monthly tuition and fees invoice from the Office of Student Accounts. The initial invoice for each academic term will show a credit for one-third of your annual budgeted amount (one-fourth for some graduate students and one-half for medical and law students). An additional credit will be reflected for the student health plan for the fall term. Any remaining balance due for the term should be paid with that invoice. Payment records for the 9PAY plan and the tuition and fees invoice are kept separately.

Application details
You can apply for the 9PAY payment plan online or by completing a paper 9PAY application and sending it to the Office of Student Accounts.

Applications are due June 1 for the July 1 start date. Applications made after this date must be accompanied by any past-due payments to catch up to the regular schedule.

Find out what your average monthly payment would be if you were using 9PAY: