Tuition for Northwestern University is $52,239 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 90% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. Northwestern University is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 33rd on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 114% more expensive than the average Illinois tuition of $25,344 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 70th in Illinois amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 2nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.
The school charges an additional fees of $439 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $52,678.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $16,047 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Evanston should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,660.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,595 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,595 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Northwestern was $72,980 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Illinois residence status as there is no in-state discount.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Northwestern University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|Illinois Resident Total Budget||$72,980|
|Room and Board||$16,047|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$2,595|
|Books and Supplies||$1,660|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$72,980|
|Room and Board||$16,047|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$2,595|
|Books and Supplies||$1,660|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $72,980 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Northwestern net price for in-state students is $28,667* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
54% of Northwestern University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $34,363. 15 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,354. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Northwestern University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$28,667*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||54%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$34,363|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||15%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,354|
The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.
|Family Income||Avg. Net Price|
|$0 to $30,000||$11,700|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$12,982|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$15,290|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$28,038|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $72,980. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Northwestern University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.
*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.
To make a comparative assessment if Northwestern is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 98/100 for Northwestern University. Considering an average net price paid of $27,113, this leads to an overall value ranking of 70/100. This places the school 76th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.
|School||Cost vs. Northwestern University|
|University of Chicago||2% more expensive|
|University of Notre Dame||2.4% less expensive|
|Grinnell College||4.3% less expensive|
|Washington University in St Louis||3% less expensive|
|Oberlin College||1% more expensive|
When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Northwestern University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Northwestern is $291,920 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.
A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $27,113 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $108,452**
If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $364,900 or $135,565 using an average net price.
**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Northwestern University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour||$6,195|
|Cost for one class (3 credit hours)||$18,585|
|Cost for one class (4 credit hours)||$24,780|
The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 31% of Northwestern University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,860. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $21,754.
How much are student loan payments for Northwestern University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.
The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $108,452, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $134,564.06. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Northwestern University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 54% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $27,113. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Northwestern University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.
Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$1,121.37|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$26,112.06|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$134,564.06|
Can I afford to attend Northwestern? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Northwestern University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.
Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $134,564.06 would be needed to afford a $1,121.37 monthly payment in the example $108,452.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.
What will it cost to send your child to Northwestern University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $43,380 to $52,239. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.1%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $291,920.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Northwestern University.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025||$100,365||$401,458|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030||$128,093||$512,374|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035||$163,483||$653,933|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038||$189,252||$757,009|
What was tuition at Northwestern five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Northwestern University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.
|Area of Study||Graduates||vs National Avg|
|Journalism Bachelor's Degree||163||89% costlier|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||110||63% costlier|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||108||84% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||97||72% costlier|
|International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree||95||55% costlier|
|Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree||79||89% costlier|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||76||43% costlier|
|Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree||71||81% costlier|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||56||72% costlier|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||54||81% costlier|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||46||75% costlier|
|Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||40||55% costlier|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree||37||102% costlier|
|Community Organization and Advocacy Bachelor's Degree||35||86% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||34||78% costlier|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||32||78% costlier|
|Public Policy Analysis, General Bachelor's Degree||31||32% costlier|
|LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree||30||81% costlier|
|Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||30||59% costlier|
|Psychology, Other Bachelor's Degree||26||57% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||24||82% costlier|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||22||73% costlier|
|Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||20||72% costlier|
|Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree||20||52% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||18||81% costlier|
|Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree||18||81% costlier|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||17||69% costlier|
|Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree||16||72% costlier|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||15||74% costlier|
|Stringed Instruments Bachelor's Degree||14||40% costlier|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||13||72% costlier|
|Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree||11||71% costlier|
|Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||10||38% costlier|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||10||54% costlier|
|Science, Technology and Society Bachelor's Degree||8||29% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||8||62% costlier|
|Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree||8||78% costlier|
|Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree||8||54% costlier|
|Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||7||100% costlier|
|Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree||7||56% costlier|
|Manufacturing Engineering Bachelor's Degree||7||91% costlier|
|Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||7||62% costlier|
|Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||7||47% costlier|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||7||54% costlier|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||7||66% costlier|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||6||77% costlier|
|Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||6||92% costlier|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||6||62% costlier|
|Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree||5||59% costlier|
|Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Bachelor's Degree||4||16% costlier|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||4||58% costlier|
|African Studies Bachelor's Degree||4||27% costlier|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||4||55% costlier|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||4||74% costlier|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||4||97% costlier|
|Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree||4||62% costlier|
|Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree||3||56% costlier|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||3||48% costlier|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||3||77% costlier|
|African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||55% costlier|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||3||86% costlier|
|Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||86% costlier|
|Communication and Media Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||61% costlier|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||82% costlier|
|American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||2||41% costlier|
|Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||44% costlier|
|Keyboard Instruments Bachelor's Degree||2||64% costlier|
|East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||43% costlier|
|Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree||2||31% costlier|
|Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||1||27% costlier|
|Dance, General Bachelor's Degree||1||61% costlier|
|Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||47% costlier|
|Theatre Literature, History and Criticism Bachelor's Degree||1||41% costlier|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||1||98% costlier|
|Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||51% costlier|
|Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||57% costlier|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||1||76% costlier|
|Music, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||67% costlier|
|Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree||1||83% costlier|
|General Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||115% costlier|
|European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||1||33% costlier|
|Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||40% costlier|
|Musicology and Ethnomusicology Bachelor's Degree||1||19% costlier|
|Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||63% costlier|
|Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree||1||65% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||1||75% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Northwestern University or model a student loan.
Northwestern University is a four year private college located in Evanston, Illinois. Full time enrollment is 17,475 and part time is 4,348. Learn more about getting accepted at Northwestern University at CollegeSimply.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Northwestern University is a private not for profit institution.
Northwestern University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147767 IPEDS survey data.