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Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition and fees for all undergraduate students except those in the School of Professional Studies* are listed below, including details of what each fee covers. This page also gives estimated amounts for costs that may vary.  Additionally, be sure to check out Common Fees and Payment Due Dates. If you have questions about tuition, fees, or your bill, please contact Student Finance or visit our FAQ page.

* School of Professional Studies (SPS) undergraduates should review SPS Undergraduate Tuition.

Tuition$20,797/quarter*

  • All undergraduate students in degree programs must conform to the Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR).
  • Full-time registration for all undergraduate degree-seeking students is 3 to 5.5 units/quarter. 
  • Tuition is billed on the first invoice for each quarter.

*Registration outside of the full-time range will be charged at the following rates:

  • Part-time (fewer than 3 units/quarter): $7,394/unit
    • To be eligible for the part-time rate, a student must be enrolled in fewer than 3 units as of the last day for tuition adjustment for that term, see the Academic Calendar and review the Policy on Dropping a Course.  
      • Adjustments to tuition based on enrollment will be made after the last day to drop a class. See the Academic Calendar
    • Note: MOST financial aid programs require at least half-time enrollment; dropping below half-time may affect aid eligibility.
  • Excess courses (more than 5.5 units/quarter): $7,394/unit

 

Associated Student Government (ASG) Activity Fee$79/quarter

Covers special services and programs for students. Charged only in fall, winter, and spring quarters.  For more ASG information, please visit https://www.asg.northwestern.edu/

Athletic Events Fee$60/year

This fee allows undergraduate students to be admitted without charge to all of Northwestern’s home athletic events, including football and basketball games. For more student athletic information, please visit: https://nusports.com/sports/

Student Health Fee$260/quarter

The Student Health Fee is paid in the fall, winter, and spring quarters. This fee, and other funding sources, provides Northwestern students with equitable access to a variety of health services at the university including: Northwestern Medicine Health Service, Counseling & Psychological Services, TimelyCare services, and other on-campus health and wellness initiatives.

 

NU-SHIP Annual Premiumvaries by coverage period (see below)

All degree-seeking students are required to have health insurance coverage either through the Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) or the student’s own health insurance carrier. The annual premium for NU-SHIP is $4,698 for coverage starting on September 1, 2022 and ending on August 31, 2023. However, should you choose to extend or curtail your NU-SHIP coverage, your rates will vary. Students who take no action will default to NU-SHIP and be charged accordingly. See Student Health Insurance and NU-SHIP Annual Enrollment/Waiver Process for more information.

 

Room and Board$19,440/year (estimated)

Amount varies based on housing and meal plan selection. See Residential Services and Northwestern Dining for more information.

Books and Supplies$1,590/year (estimated)

Amount varies by major and course selection.

Personal Expenses$2,052/year (estimated)

Amount varies by student.

Transportationvaries

Some students may qualify for a transportation allowance to help ease the cost of trips between home and Northwestern. Contact the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office for more information.

 

APPROXIMATE TOTAL$87,804/year*

Totals vary as noted above.

*Approximate total in this example includes tuition, ASG Activity Fee, Student Health Fee, Athletic Events Fee, NU-SHIP Annual Premium, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses for the full academic year and transportation.

Tuition$20,092/quarter*

  • All undergraduate students in degree programs must conform to the Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR).
  • Full-time registration for all undergraduate degree-seeking students is 3 to 5.5 units/quarter. 
  • Tuition is billed on the first invoice for each quarter.

*Registration outside of the full-time range will be charged at the following rates:

  • Part-time (fewer than 3 units/quarter): $7,143/unit
    • To be eligible for the part-time rate, a student must be enrolled in fewer than 3 units as of the last day for tuition adjustment for that term, see the Academic Calendar and review the Policy on Dropping a Course.  
      • Adjustments to tuition based on enrollment will be made after the last day to drop a class. See the Academic Calendar
    • Note: MOST financial aid programs require at least half-time enrollment; dropping below half-time may affect aid eligibility.
  • Excess courses (more than 5.5 units/quarter): $7,143/unit

 

Associated Student Government (ASG) Activity Fee$75/quarter

Covers special services and programs for students. Charged only in fall, winter, and spring quarters. Required of all full-time degree candidates except those enrolled in Teaching Newspaper or foreign study.

Athletic Events Fee$60/year

Undergraduate Student Health Fee$69/quarter

Required of all full-time degree candidates except those enrolled in Teaching Newspaper or foreign study. Charged only in fall, winter, and spring quarters.

NU-SHIP Annual Premiumvaries by coverage period (see below)

All degree-seeking students are required to have health insurance coverage either through the Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) or the student’s own health insurance carrier. The annual premium for NU-SHIP is $4,386 for coverage starting on September 1, 2021 and ending on August 31, 2022. However, should you choose to extend or curtail your NU-SHIP coverage, your rates will vary. Students who take no action will default to NU-SHIP and be charged accordingly. See Student Health Insurance and NU-SHIP Annual Enrollment/Waiver Process for more information.

 

Room and Board$18,264/year (estimated)

Amount varies based on housing and meal plan selection. See Residential Services and Northwestern Dining for more information.

Books and Supplies$1,566/year (estimated)

Amount varies by major and course selection.

Personal Expenses$2,193/year (estimated)

Amount varies by student.

Transportationvaries

Some students may qualify for a transportation allowance to help ease the cost of trips between home and Northwestern. Contact the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office for more information.

APPROXIMATE TOTAL$87,177/year

Totals vary as noted above.

Approximate total in this example includes tuition, ASG Activity Fee, Athletic Events Fee, NU-SHIP Annual Premium, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses for the full academic year.