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Billing and Payment

Your student account on CAESAR is the central location for all your Northwestern bills. It's where you and your authorized guests can access your account, make payments, track financial aid awards, and manage other money matters. Start with the overview of student account how-to’s here, and visit the Student Finance website for more information.

CAESAR Quick Tour

Familiarize yourself with CAESAR, Northwestern's online system for student accounts, records, registration, and financial aid.


Account Guest Access

Federal law prohibits Northwestern from sharing a student’s account information without the student’s permission. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you give one or both parents or guardians guest access to your account. Guest access allows authorized users to view bills and pay tuition and fees on your behalf.

To get step-by-step instructions for setting up guest access, log into CAESAR and select the Profile tile. We advise doing this by August 8. Find more information on Guest Access. 

Billing and Payment

The first bill for Fall 2021 will be available on August 10 for new undergraduate students, and the due date will be September 1. To ensure smooth billing and payment, please go to the Profile tile on CAESAR to verify your permanent address and bill-delivery preferences by August 8.

Bills are presented and paid securely through the QuikPAY portal, accessed via the My Account tile in CAESAR.  QuikPAY option allows for convenient and secure online viewing, printing, and paying of tuition bills. Always allow two business days for electronic payments via CAESAR or five business days for payments by mail.

Although tuition is billed quarterly, other charges, such as library fines, may be billed to your account at any time. An invoice will be generated during any month in which there is a balance or any new account activity.

Please refer to the Financial Regulations handbook, viewable on the Student Finance website, for detailed information and guidelines. Find more information about billing and payment

Optional 9PAY Plan

Northwestern offers a prepayment plan called 9PAY that allows payments for the academic year to be spread over nine months—from July 2021 through March 2022—instead of lumped into large sums due at the start of each quarter. 9PAY has no finance or interest charges; the only cost is the $50 nonrefundable application fee. Find more information about 9PAY.