Tuition & Payment
Tuition and Fees
The cost of education at Northwestern is only partly covered by tuition charges. The balance is met by the income from invested funds and by the gifts of alumni and other supporters of the University.
Tuition and fees are listed on the Undergraduate Tuition section of the Student Financial Services website. Rates are subject to change without notice, and increases should be expected in subsequent years.
Changes of Registration & Bills
No refund or bill reduction is made for dropped or swapped classes after the fifth day of the quarter. Bills will be adjusted for classes added after that date. The University's policies regarding enrollment changes and billing are listed on the Enrollment Changes & Billing section of the Student Financial Services website.
Bills and Payments
The Office of Student Accounts issues student bills. A due date is shown on each University bill, and payment must be received by that date. Failure to receive bills is not sufficient cause to extend due dates.
Electronic Billing and Payment
Northwestern’s preferred means of transmitting bills and receiving payments for tuition and fees is QuikPAY. Free to students and authorized payers such as their parents, it provides email notification of new bills, allows online payments, and offers the option of receiving paper bills.
The University provides a tuition and fee installment prepayment plan, 9PAY, which offers the benefit of prepaying the educational costs for the academic year in nine monthly payments without incurring finance or interest charges.
Students whose University bills are overdue may not be given an academic transcript and/or a diploma until all financial obligations are paid in full. Students whose accounts are overdue must pay a $200 late payment penalty fee. The director of student accounts may cancel or prevent the registration of a student whose bills are past due. A student is liable for any costs associated with the collection of his or her past-due account, including but not limited to collection agency costs, court costs, and legal fees.