Tuition and financial aid

Tuition, fees, room
& board (2015–16)*
$37,700
Approx. avg. financial
aid package**
$24,700
Avg. tuition, room &
board out-of-pocket cost
$13,000

*Costs for 2015–16: $28,750 (tuition) + $200 (technology fee) + $8,750 (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. The above financial aid package is based on an average student at Northwestern—one with a 24.8 ACT, 3.69 GPA, and EFC (expected family contribution) of $13,200. 

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.




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