Tuition and financial aid

Tuition, fees, room
& board (2014–15)*
$36,270
Approx. avg. financial
aid package**
$24,000
Avg. tuition, room &
board out-of-pocket cost
$12,270

Think you can't afford a private college education? Think again.

99% of Northwestern students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. For some students, this means they pay less to attend Northwestern than they would at a state university. In fact, Northwestern students who finance college with loans have approximately the same amount of debt as similar graduates from Iowa’s state universities.

Bottom line: Don’t assume you can’t afford an excellent education like the one Northwestern offers. Follow the steps to apply for financial aid, and only after you receive a package and know the real cost—that's when you should make one of the most important decisions of your life.


*$27,680 (tuition) + $180 (technology fee) + $8,410 (room & board); 2 semesters, 12–18 credits/semester

**Individual financial aid packages, which include federal loans, depend on a family’s FAFSA results and resources. 

All tuition waiver and tuition exchange students must pay applicable program and miscellaneous fees.




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