How much does it cost to attend?

Sticker Price
$72,980
Costs for Northwestern University
Fee Cost
Tuition$52,239
Books and Supplies$1,660
Other Fees$439
Room and Board $16,047
Other Expenses Budget$2,595

Annual Prices

The annual list price to attend Northwestern University on a full time basis for 2017/2018 is $72,980 for all students regardless of their residency. This fee is comprised of $52,239 for tuition, $16,047 room and board, $1,660 for books and supplies and $439 for other fees. Out of state tuition for Northwestern University is $52,239, the same as Illinois residents.

All price data is sourced from the 2017/2018 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

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Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Northwestern University when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2017/2018
$26,099
Net Price by Income Northwestern University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$6,416
$30,001 to $48,000$9,054
$48,001 to $75,000$11,480
$75,001 to $110,000$19,826
$110,000+$39,895

The average reported annual net price for Northwestern University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $26,099 in 2017/2018. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

Financial Aid

Finanical Aid Northwestern University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Annual Total Grant Aid $44,247 54%
Pell Grant $4,469 18%
Federal Student Loan $5,131 16%

The average reported annual net price for Northwestern University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $26,099 in 2017/2018.

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Northwestern University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $108,452. The loan balance of $108,452 is a four year multiple of the $27,113 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $1,132 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.7%.

Example Loan $108,452
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.7%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $1,132.36
Total Interest Paid $27,431.51
Sum of All Loan Payments $135,883.51

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$291,920
Year All Residents
1 $72,980
2 $75,961
3 $79,063
4 $82,293

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Northwestern University to be $291,920 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 4.1% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Northwestern University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
All Residents $6,195 $18,585 $24,780

Estimated cost for a class at Northwestern University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Northwestern University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Northwestern University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147767 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern University.