Portable Tuition Benefits
The Dependent Portable Tuition Plans pay benefits toward the cost of tuition for eligible dependents (up to age 26) enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited, FAFSA-approved college or university other than Northwestern University.
Dependent Portable Tuition applications must be submitted each term with one application per dependent. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Timely submission of you request will ensure your application is processed. However, during peak times during the year, processing times will increase. We cannot guarantee that all applications will be processed prior to another institutions tuition payment due date.
For assistance completing your application, please see the Dependent Portable Tuition step-by-step guide.
The application window for 2023 benefits will not open until early-December 2022.
Dependent children taking undergraduate courses as full-time students at schools other than Northwestern University may take advantage of this benefit.
Tuition with consideration for financial aid such as scholarships and grants will be paid at the appropriate percentage. The maximum number of terms for which the Dependent Portable Tuition Plan benefit will be paid for a dependent child is 8 full-time academic semesters or 12 full-time academic quarters.
Approved Dependent Portable Tuition benefit amounts may be paid to the employee or to the student's institution.
To the employee:
- The application must include proof of full payment.
- Tuition benefits will be processed through payroll and paid via direct deposit. If you have multiple accounts designated for your payroll direct deposit, the tuition benefit may be disbursed to all accounts. Please contact the Benefits Division if you do not want this to occur.
To the institution:
- Checks are made payable to the school.
- Checks are issued by Accounts Payable and forwarded to the Benefits Division for pick up, or mailing to the employee.
- Employees are responsible for getting the payment from Northwestern to the student's institution.
|Required Qualified Service||Tuition Benefit||Plan ID|
5 years - Full-time Service
Up to 50% of billed tuition
Hired before 1/1/2000 - Full-time Service*
100% of billed tuition up to $5,616 per academic year ($2,808 per semester or $1,872 per quarter)
* Eligibility requires date of hire prior to January 1, 2000. Employees hired prior to January 1, 2000 may choose either the percentage or flat amount plan for each child in a family. Once the percentage plan is chosen for a child, an individual may not later choose the flat amount plan for that same child.
An online application is required per dependent child for each term (semester, quarter or trimester) of study.
For each dependent portable tuition application, you will need to submit the following documentation:
- A copy of your most recently filed 1040 tax form as proof of financial dependency. Both the first page showing your child listed as a dependent and the second page showing the signature portion are required.
- Proof of full-time student status: a letter from the school stating that the student is enrolled on a full-time basis for the term in question OR a course list including the student's name, the school's name, and the credit hours for each course.
- An itemized tuition bill from the school bearing the student's name.
- (If you want the check made payable to you) Proof of full payment.
By submitting an application, you are agreeing to the following statement: I certify that the information provided is correct. I agree to comply with the provisions of the Northwestern Tuition Benefit plan as described in the plan document.
- Determine the course of study or program in which your dependent would like to participate.
- Apply for and be accepted into the program.
- Register for your courses.
- Apply for the tuition benefit. See step-by-step guide.