Tuition, room and board for 2016–17

Following are costs for students enrolling in fall 2016 or spring 2017. Room and board listed below are for 2 semesters and include a variety of full meal plan options to choose from.* Costs listed below will be reduced by financial aid (scholarships, loans, grants and work-study monies applied to the student's account).

Tuition (12–18 semester hours) $29,300
Room & board
Women's residence halls
Fern Smith Hall $8,900
Stegenga Hall $8,900
Men's residence halls
Colenbrander Hall $8,900
Hospers Hall $8,900
North Suites $8,900
Courtyard Village Apartments $9,050*
Bolks Apartments $9,150*
Total $38,200 to $38,450

*Students living in campus apartments or cottages may choose a 10-meals-per-week plan that will reduce their room and board charge by $580 per year. Accepted students can view meal plan options via their MyNWC account.

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