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Employee Portable Tuition Benefits

The Employee Portable Tuition Plan pays benefits toward the cost of tuition and eligible fees for undergraduate or graduate job-related courses eligible employees take at an accredited, FAFSA-approved college or university other than Northwestern University.

Employee eligibility 

Employees must have completed one year of full-time, benefits-eligible service prior to the beginning of the term AND must be on the payroll at the beginning and completion of the course(s). Faculty and Staff hired on or after January 1, 2020 are not eligible for the Employee Portable Tuition benefit.  

Allowable expenses 

This benefit is for job-related, undergraduate and graduate courses taken at eligible institutions outside of Northwestern. The benefit is limited to tuition and eligible fees only. 

Be sure to review policy & procedure to ensure eligibility prior to the start of the course. 

Eligible institutions 

Qualified institutions include accredited, FAFSA-approved United States colleges and universities offering course(s) that are job-related and have undergraduate or graduate  credit hours associated with each.  

Annual benefit amount 

For current faculty and staff – the maximum annual benefit of $12,000 will continue until 1/1/2021. After that date the maximum annual benefit will be capped at $5,250.

Benefit payments 

Approved Employee Portable Tuition benefit amounts will be paid to the employee, processed through payroll and paid via direct deposit.  


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. I acknowledge that all applicable taxes will be taken from my paycheck at the time the benefit is reimbursed, in accordance with IRS regulations. (For questions about taxation, contact Payroll.)