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Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits

Both the Employee Reduced Tuition Plan and Enhanced Employee Reduced Tuition Plan provide financial assistance to full-time, benefits eligible Northwestern employees. This assistance can be applied toward the cost of undergraduate or graduate courses taken at the University, as well as non-credit, on-campus Professional Development Programs through the School of Professional Studies. 

Please note that the Employee Reduced Tuition Plan is subject to income tax withholdings.  Please see the Tuition Taxation website for more information.

As shown in the table below, the Employee Reduced Tuition Plan provides a maximum of $12,000 each calendar year; the Enhanced Employee Reduced Tuition Plan has no maximum. Eligibility for the Enhanced Employee Reduced Tuition Plan is based on years of benefit-eligible service and salary. 


Employee Reduced Tuition

Enhanced Employee Reduced Tuition

Plan ID



Employment Status

Full-time, benefits-eligible

Full-time, benefits-eligible, actively working and on the University payroll

Years of Service

No requirement

At least 3 years of continuous, full-time, benefits-eligible service


No requirement

Have a salary of less than $100K gross annually


90% Reduced Tuition

90% Reduced Tuition

Annual Limit


No limit

Allowable expenses

This benefit is for undergraduate and graduate level courses taken at Northwestern University and billed through CAESAR. The benefit is limited to tuition only. A list of some eligible Northwestern programs can be found in the Professional Development section of our website. Benefit Payments Approved Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits will be applied directly to the employee's CAESAR account.

Benefit payments

Approved employee reduced tuition benefits will be applied directly to the employee's CAESAR account.


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 Benefits plan as described in the plan document.  I agree to pay, at the latest, by the due date on my student account for all tuition, fees and other related educational costs that are not covered by this benefit plan. I acknowledge that all applicable taxes will be taken from my paycheck(s), in accordance with IRS regulations. (For student account questions, contact Student Finance. For questions about taxation, contact Payroll.)


One online application (apply by logging in to myHR) is required per benefit plan for each calendar year (Jan - Dec) of study.


For employee reduced tuition, you will need to collect the following information: