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Faculty/Staff Educational Assistance

If your parent is a full-time Northwestern University employee (with the required years of service) and is eligible for University educational assistance benefits, these benefits may be used toward the cost of your full-time tuition on a study abroad program.

All NU tuition benefits are renewable for a maximum of 12 quarters / 8 semesters. For eligibility information or other questions about faculty/staff tuition benefits, your parent should contact Northwestern's Benefits Division directly.

Dependent Reduced Tuition Benefit

Students attending affiliated study abroad programs are billed by Northwestern for the program's tuition. Eligible full-time employees, with a dependent student attending NU, may use the Dependent Reduced Tuition benefit toward the cost of tuition for an affiliated or Northwestern-sponsored study abroad program. The faculty/staff reduced tuition benefit applies only to tuition and does not cover any other study abroad costs, such as room/board, transportation, or the Study Abroad Administrative Fee.

The same discount percentage will be applied to your study abroad program's tuition, up to the cost of Northwestern tuition, and the appropriate discount will automatically be applied to your Northwestern invoice for any quarter(s) of study abroad:

  • If your program's tuition is less than Northwestern tuition, you will receive the same percentage off your program's tuition as you receive off NU tuition each quarter. This means that the actual dollar amount of your discount will be lower.
  • If your program's tuition is higher than NU tuition, you would receive a discount equivalent to your regular NU tuition reduction. Any additional tuition cost beyond the amount of NU tuition is your family's responsibility and is not eligible for the discount.

The dependent reduced tuition benefit is renewable for a maximum of 12 NU quarters. Each quarter you are abroad will count as 1 quarter of your benefit (i.e., fall program = 1 quarter; winter/spring program = 2 quarters). If you opt to use your reduced tuition benefit toward for a Northwestern-sponsored summer study abroad program, this will count as a quarter of your benefit eligibility. This may mean that you will be responsible for the full cost of your final quarter at NU.

If you have any questions about your program's tuition or how your discount will be applied, please contact Krista Buda Bethel.

Dependent Portable Tuition Benefit

Students attending unaffiliated or non-NU study abroad programs will be billed directly by the program for tuition and all other program charges. Eligible full-time employees with a dependent student attending NU may use the Dependent Portable Tuition benefit toward the tuition of an unaffiliated program during the academic year or a non-Northwestern summer program. This applies only to students who attend credit-granting study abroad programs that are operated by another accredited U.S. institution (e.g., Arcadia University, Boston University, Middlebury College, etc.). Students may not use the portable tuition benefit to enroll directly in a foreign institution.

Students who are approved to attend an unaffiliated program or a non-NU summer program will be billed by Northwestern for the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. The portable tuition benefit cannot be applied to this charge.

The portable tuition benefit is renewable for up to 12 quarters, or 8 semesters. If you attend an eligible unaffiliated program and you opt to use the portable tuition benefit for a program that lasts a semester, this would count as 1.5 quarters of your eligibility. If you opt to use your reduced tuition benefit toward a non-NU summer study abroad program, this will count as a quarter of your benefit eligibility, which may mean that you will be responsible for the full cost of your final quarter at NU.