CollegeCalc Highest List Price Rank - 94th

Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Northeastern University is $48,560 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 77% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. Northeastern University is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 94th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 54% more expensive than the average Massachusetts tuition of $32,758 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 69th in Massachusetts amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 14th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $937 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $49,497.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,880 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Boston should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,800 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,800 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Northeastern University was $68,177 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Massachusetts 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 Northeastern University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Northeastern University
Estimated Budgets
Massachusetts Resident Total Budget $68,177
   In-State Tuition$48,560
   Other Fees$937
   Room and Board$15,880
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,800
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $68,177
   Out-of-State Tuition$48,560
   Other Fees$937
   Room and Board$15,880
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,800
   Books and Supplies$1,000


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $68,177 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Northeastern University net price for in-state students is $30,546* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

69% of Northeastern University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $27,442. 11 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 $4,417. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Northeastern University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Northeastern University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$30,546*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid69%
Average Total Grant Aid$27,442
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants11%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,417

Average Net Price by Family Income

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$18,240
$30,001 to $48,000$21,092
$48,001 to $75,000$24,435
$75,001 to $110,000$31,239

Average Financial Aid Mix - $68,177 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $68,177. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 41% - $27,442

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Northeastern University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 10% - $6,341

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 49% -  $32,594

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Northeastern University 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 94/100 for Northeastern University. Considering an average net price paid of $32,493, this leads to an overall value ranking of 67/100. This places the school 119th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Northeastern University
Boston University5% more expensive
Massachusetts Institute of Technology2.1% more expensive
Boston College8.1% more expensive
Tufts University9.5% more expensive
Brandeis University6% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

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 Northeastern University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Northeastern University is $272,708 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 $32,493 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $129,972**

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 $340,885 or $162,465 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.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Northeastern University.

Massachusetts Resident Tuition Per Semester$24,280
Massachusetts Resident Total Cost Per Semester$34,088

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

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 Northeastern University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Northeastern University
Price per credit hour$1,518
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,554
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$6,072


Student Loans and Debt

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. 42% of Northeastern University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,341.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Northeastern 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 $129,972, 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 $161,265.45. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Northeastern University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 69% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $32,493. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Northeastern 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.

Northeastern University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,343.88
Amount Borrowed$129,972.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$31,293.45
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$161,265.45

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Northeastern University? 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 Northeastern 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 $161,265.45 would be needed to afford a $1,343.88 monthly payment in the example $129,972.00 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Northeastern University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $39,320 to $48,560. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.7%. 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 $272,708.00. 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 Northeastern University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$93,759$375,037
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$119,663$478,653
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $152,724$610,896
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $176,797$707,188

Tuition History

What was tuition at Northeastern University 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.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Northeastern 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
Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 177 76% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 141 61% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 119 65% costlier
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other Bachelor's Degree 111 37% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 109 65% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 105 90% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 92 97% costlier
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 86 88% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 85 61% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 71 62% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 71 70% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 69 85% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 66 43% costlier
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 58 120% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 53 19% costlier
Organizational Leadership Bachelor's Degree 51 83% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 45 49% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 40 100% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 30 46% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 29 61% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 29 69% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 25 64% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 23 74% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 22 59% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 18 81% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 15 58% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 34% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 12 77% costlier
American Sign Language (ASL) Bachelor's Degree 12 67% costlier
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 11 82% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 11 109% costlier
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 67% costlier
Intermedia/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 8 47% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 55% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 7 45% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 7 209% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 6 67% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 6 51% costlier
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 50% costlier
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 107% costlier
Finance, General Associate's Degree 5 207% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 4 237% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 4 65% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Associate's Degree 4 215% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 4 278% costlier
Development Economics and International Development Bachelor's Degree 4 27% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 3 207% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 52% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 3 69% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 69% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 3 30% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 3 76% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 64% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 66% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 209% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 2 224% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 58% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 66% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 61% costlier
Cardiopulmonary Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 1 69% costlier
Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree 1 95% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Toxicology Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 247% costlier
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 1 76% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 214% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 48% costlier
Biophysics Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 1 250% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 101% costlier


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About Northeastern University

Northeastern University is a four year private college located in Boston, Massachusetts.  Full time enrollment is 19,497 and part time is 884. Learn more about getting accepted at Northeastern University at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Northeastern University is a private not for profit institution.

Northeastern University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=167358 IPEDS survey data.