M.A. Counseling
Tuition & fees

Counseling Program tuition & fees

The tuition rates apply to the Master of Arts in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs.

Counseling Program estimated costs



Tuition  $590/credit  $590/credit 
Fees paid to NWC                                        
Technology Fee $150/semester  $155/semester  
Graduation Fee $100  $100  
Course Fees    
COUN505 - Tevera Video Assessment $20  $20  
COUN510 - Assessment & Appraisal $60  $60  
COUN580 - Career Development $6  $6  

Student Responsibilities
(not paid to NWC)
(estimated cost per semester)
$300  $300  
Castlebranch certified background check (one-time fee) $39  $39  
Tevera membership
(one-time fee for lifetime access)
Professional memberships
(yearly fees)
Varies  Varies 
Personal counseling - 5 sessions Varies  Varies 
Liability insurance
(proof of liability insurance is required for practicum and internship sites)
(approximate, costs vary) 
(approximate, costs vary)  

 This page is intended to provide estimates for prospective students. Exact costs may change, and the costs of tuition and fees are subject to change.


Financial aid & resources

Continuing your education is more than a time investment.
Below are a few resources that may help you finance your master's degree with Northwestern College. 


Students may be eligible for federal and/or state financial aid. 
To determine your eligibility, you must: 

  1. Complete the  FAFSA. with Northwestern's institutional code:  001883.
  2. After acceptance into your program, Northwestern's financial aid office will assist you with processing student loan documents.

Alumni Grant - Counseling Program

The Alumni Grant is available to Northwestern College alumni who completed either their undergraduate or a graduate degree through Northwestern. Alumni wishing to pursue their Master of Arts in School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree online at NWC can apply a tuition discount of 50% for their first course. 

Military benefits

If you're a veteran or active in the military, you're welcome at Northwestern and we're grateful for your service. Northwestern College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Contact the  registrar's office to learn more about your GI Bill  ® benefits.

GI Bill ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

Payment plans

You can either pay each semester’s tuition in full prior to the start of classes or sign up for our convenient monthly payment plan that spreads payments over the academic year. If you are using the payment plan to pay your bill for the fall and spring semesters, the totals will be divided into five payments. The summer semester total will be divided into two payments. 

The monthly payment plan is an automatic withdrawal and includes a $25/semester administration fee. No interest is charged unless a payment is late. You may cancel your payment plan schedule at any time simply by paying the balance on your account.

If payment is not made on the date it's due, the entire balance becomes due and interest of 1% per month (12% per year) will be charged to the student's account. Students who fail to make payment may be denied access to classes (face-to-face and online), Blackboard, computer usage and campus facilities. Diplomas, transcripts and credentials will be withheld until all accounts are settled.

More information and the application for the monthly payment plan is available through  MyNWC.