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Portable Tuition Benefits

The Dependent Portable Tuition Plans pay benefits toward the cost of tuition and eligible fees 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 children taking undergraduate courses as full-time students at schools other than Northwestern University may take advantage of this benefit.

Allowable expenses 

Tuition and eligible fees with consideration for financial aid such as scholarships and grants will be paid at the appropriate percentage.

Benefit payments 

Approved Dependent Portable Tuition benefit amounts may be paid to the employee or to the student's institution. 

To the employee: 

To the institution: 

Tuition benefit and plan ID for different years of employee service.
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: 


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.