Tuition and financial aid

Tuition, room and board for 2015-16

Tuition Room & board Technology fee Total*
$28,750 (two semesters,
12-18 credits/semester)
$8,750 $200 $37,700

*Total does not include various program and miscellaneous fees, such as orientation, lab, or studio art course fees, or the cost of private music lessons.

Financial aid

We believe international students make a valuable contribution to Northwestern College, so we’re committed to helping you find ways to pay for college. If you are admitted to Northwestern College, you will receive some financial aid—need-based, merit-based or both. (Every admitted international student will receive at least a $15,000 discount on the tuition listed above. Maximum scholarship awards are limited to full tuition, not including room and board, the technology fee, health insurance, books or travel expenses.)

Steps in the process

  1. Complete and submit the Declaration of Finances Form. Applicants are not denied admission due to financial need, but this form helps us know how much financial assistance you will require to attend Northwestern College. We expect complete honesty and accuracy regarding all financial resources when completing this form. The form must be signed by your parents or whoever is guaranteeing payment.
  2. Admitted international students requiring significant financial assistance may be asked to provide additional documents for competitive scholarship consideration.
  3. When we notify you of admission, we’ll also communicate our financial aid offer (or we might ask for additional information from students with high financial need). To confirm your intent to attend Northwestern and accept your financial aid package, return the signed financial aid offer with a $5,000 deposit.
  4. You will need to document your ability to meet college expenses with personal/family funds or sponsors willing to support you as well as Northwestern financial aid in order to receive an I-20 and F-1 (student) visa to enter the United States.
  • Contact
  • Kevin McMahan
    Associate Dean for Intercultural Affairs

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