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School of Professional Studies

Tuition and fees for Undergraduates and Graduates are listed here are for 2015 - 16. Increases should be expected in subsequent years.

For tuition purposes the term course refers to course credit. Some course offerings carry more than one course credit

Please note: An SPS student registered for a course in another school of the University pays the tuition charged by that school.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Charges Amount


Non-credit Audit Fee
  • Auditors must pay the full fee at registration

Visiting Scholar

Late Registration Fee
  • Fees are assessed for registering at times other than the scheduled time.
Retroactive Registration Fee
  • For registering after the quarter has ended.
  • Fee is charged following registration for the following quarter.
Non-refundable Lab fee
  • Fee is for Art, Information Systems, Communications and Radio/TV/Film courses.
Non-refundable Science Lab Fee
  • Fee is for Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.
$288/science lab

Graduation Fee

Late Payment Penalty
  • Late fees are assessed each quarter on amounts remaining unpaid (whole or in part) after the due date.


Employer Reimbursement Plan - Application Fee

  • One term


  • One year (Fall, Winter and Spring)
Monthly Maintenance Fee
  • Charged to inactive tuition and fee accounts remaining open after last term of registration has ended

Transcript Fees

$8/transcript (electronic) $10/transcript (paper) $25/transcript (paper) USPS same day

Declined Credit Card Administrative Fee


Annual Health and Hospitalization Premium

  • Northwestern has contracted with Aetna Student Health to help those students who wish to obtain comprehensive health insurance. Information about the NU/Aetna plan is available at (Northwestern University).
  • You may also contact the Health Insurance Office on either campus:
    Evanston: 633 Emerson Street (Room G.125b);
    Phone: 847-491-2113
    Chicago: 357 East Chicago Avenue (Law School, room 131);
    Phone: 312-503-1242
  • Students in Part-Time Programs Students in part-time programs are exempted from mandatory enrollment in the NU/Aetna plan. Enrollment on a voluntary basis may be done by completing a Part-Time Application Form. Payment via check to “Northwestern University” must be included when sending the application to the NU Insurance Office. Contact for more information. Open enrollment in the NU/Aetna plan is available during the quarter students are admitted to Northwestern:
    • Fall - July 1 through October 1;
    • Winter - November 1 through February 11;
    • Spring - March 1 through April 8;
    • Summer - May 1 through July 8.

$3,692/year (Student)

Optional Coverage:
$3,692/year (Dependent)
$3,692/year (Each child; maximum $7,384/year for two or more children)

* See Aetna Student Health (Northwestern University) for more details.

Employee educational assistance
  • Most university faculty and staff members, along with their eligible spouses and dependant children, are eligible for reduced tuition.
  • University faculty and staff members must complete the Application for Faculty and Staff Reduced Tuition and return it to the Benefits Division of Human Resources.
Varies (See Employee Educational Assistance and Tuition Plans for more information)