Tuition and fees

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College is one of the biggest and best investments of your life. Northwestern provides  financial aid for 100% of our full-time undergrads, so bottom line: You won't pay the full amount.

Tuition, room and board $45,300
Average scholarships + grants* -$24,500
Federal direct loan -$5,500
Average out-of-pocket $15,300

*Individual scholarship + grant awards depend on a family's FAFSA results and resources. The average award is based on an average NWC student—one with a 3.59 GPA and expected family contribution of $21,858.

2023-24 undergraduate tuition, room and board

Tuition (12–18 semester hours per semester) $35,000
Listed tuition, room and board costs are for the full academic year (fall and spring terms) and include a variety of meal plan arrangements from which to choose.
Room & board
Women's residence halls
Fern Smith Hall (non-air-conditioned rooms) $10,300
Fern Smith Hall (air-conditioned rooms) $10,700
Stegenga Hall $10,700
Men's residence halls
Colenbrander Hall $10,300
Hospers Hall $10,300
North Suites $11,100
Courtyard Village Apartments $11,500**
Bolks Apartments $11,500**
**Students living in campus apartments or cottages may choose a 10-meals-per-week plan that will reduce their room and board charge by $600 per year.
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College is an investment. Northwestern is a worthwhile one.


Money magazine includes Northwestern in its listing of the nation’s best-value colleges. The rankings are based on educational quality, affordability and alumni success.

Great Value Colleges Best Affordable includes Northwestern in its list of “50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest.” The rankings take into consideration a school’s quality and affordability.

College factual Best for the Money The Plains States

Northwestern is ranked on College Factual’s “Nationwide Best Colleges for the Money” list. The ranking lists NWC 70th out of 1,510 U.S. colleges.

Best value Christian Colleges and Universities

Christian Universities Online includes Northwestern among its choices as the “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities,” a recognition that considers an institution’s net tuition cost, quality and affordability.

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