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For questions specific to the transition to Fitness Formula Clubs, please click here.

What should I do if my status and/or campus location changes?

All Northwestern Chicago fitness program members must notify Auxiliary Services of changes in employment status, student status, campus location, and/or disassociation from the University. This includes departure from Northwestern or McGaw, leaves of absence, changes in student status from full-time to part-time, graduation, and departure from the Chicago campus. Please contact Salem Marrougi at 847-467-0662.

How do I determine membership fees?

Annual membership fees are determined by an individual's status at the University:

Can any Northwestern affiliate member join?

Please see Eligibility and Membership Fees for information and details.

Will my membership be canceled once I disassociate from Northwestern, even if I have time left on my 12-month membership?

Once you have disassociated from Northwestern due to graduation or termination of employment, you are no longer eligible for membership through Northwestern.

How soon after I submit my application does my membership start?

If your application is received prior to the 22nd of the month (or the last business day prior to the 22nd if that day falls on a weekend or holiday), your membership will begin the 1st of the month, pending verification and approval. You have the option to start your approved membership before the first of the month by paying the prorated portion of the full dues rate to FFC directly.

Can I start or cancel my membership mid-month?

Membership is activated on the 1st of the month. You have the option to start your approved membership before the first of the month by paying the prorated portion of the full dues rate to FFC directly. Please see Cancellation Requirements for more information on the cancellation process.

Can I pay by credit card or charge my student account?

Payments can only be made by checking or saving account through EFT, ACH or credit card.  

Do I have to send a copy of my marriage certificate if I am including my spouse in my membership?

You must submit a copy of one of the following documents when you submit your FFC application:
  • Marriage certificate (If necessary, we may request a notarized translation of your marriage certificate. These are available at your country's consulate or international travel bureaus.)
  • Spouse visa
  • J-1
  • J-2

All documents must be in English. Email all documents to

Is my same-sex partner eligible for membership?

Yes, a Declaration of Same-Sex Domestic Relationship form must be on file with Benefits in Human Resources.

Why are international students required to register with the Foreign National Information System (FNIS) system?

The Chicago Campus Fitness club program is subsidized by the university and such subsidy is considered an income for international students that apply for fitness club membership. However, the University will pay the taxes incurred by such subsidy on behalf of our members then again will require members applying for fitness club membership to register and submit all relevant immigration documents in order to comply with U.S. Tax Code.