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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance is an estimate of expenses while you are enrolled at Northwestern. These expenses determine the amount of financial aid that can be provided and are used to measure financial need.

Expenses include direct costs like tuition, housing and meals. Expenses also include indirect items like books, transportation and personal expenses. For these indirect expenses, you will not receive a bill from the university but they are taken into account when determining your eligibility for financial aid.

The Evanston undergraduate cost of attendance includes:

Student Health Insurance

All full-time Northwestern students are required to have health insurance coverage, either through the Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) or the student's or parent's own health insurance carrier.  The University will automatically enroll you in NU-SHIP at the start of the fall term unless you waive this coverage by the deadline and provide proof of other adequate coverage. Consult with the Student Health Insurance Office for more information.

The cost of health insurance is not automatically included in the cost of attendance. However, students who are required to enroll in NU-SHIP but do not have the resources to cover the cost may request additional assistance from the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid. If eligible, assistance may be provided in the form of a loan or institutional grant assistance. Be sure to complete and submit a Health Insurance Assistance Request by the deadline, signed by both student and a parent.

Computer Purchase

The cost of a computer is not automatically included in the cost of attendance. However, if you do not have a computer and need to purchase one, please contact our office to see if we can help.

The cost of attendance can be increased to include the one-time purchase of a reasonably priced computer. University policies will determine the amount that is considered reasonable. Funding will be provided only once during your academic career and, generally, only if you don't already have a computer. Please contact our office with any questions. If you will rely on university assistance, please speak with us prior to your purchase of a computer.

Undergraduate Student Budgets 2019-2020

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Living On-Campus Living in an Off-Campus Apartment Being a Resident Assistant Living with Relatives & Commuting
Direct Costs charged by Northwestern
These costs are set by the University and included on your quarterly invoice.
Full-Time Tuition $56,232 $56,232 $56,232 $56,232
Fees $459 $459 $459 $459
On-Campus Housing/Meals $17,019 $0 $0 $0
Other Estimated (Indirect) Costs
These expenses will not appear on your invoice from Northwestern.
Off-Campus Housing/Meals $0 $17,019 $0 $2,685
Books & Supplies $1,638 $1,638 $1,638 $1,638
Personal Expenses $2,201 $2,201 $2,201 $2,201
Transportation $1,050 $1,050 $1,050 $819
Loan Fees $55 $55 $55 $55
Total $78,654 $78,654 $61,635 $64,089

Notes:

  • Personal Expenses are increased significantly this year to reflect certain residential services fees.
  • Tuition and fees are subject to change based on non-full-time enrollment.
  • Loan fees are included in case families decide to use a federal student loan as a financing option to assist in covering the family contribution.
  • Students enrolling in the Northwestern student health insurance plan should add $4,050.
  • Study abroad student budgets generally include the same cost categories, but amounts will vary by program.

Resources

Undergraduate Student Budgets 2018-2019

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Living On-Campus Living in an Off-Campus Apartment Being a Resident Assistant Living with Relatives & Commuting
Direct Costs charged by Northwestern
These costs are set by the University and included on your quarterly invoice.
Full-Time Tuition $54,120 $54,120 $54,120 $54,120
Fees $447 $447 $447 $447
On-Campus Room/Board $16,626 $0 $0 $0
Other Estimated (Indirect) Costs
These expenses will not appear on your invoice from Northwestern.
Off-Campus Room/Board $0 $16,626 $0 $2,685
Books & Supplies $1,605 $1,605 $1,605 $1,605
Personal Expenses $1,850 $1,850 $1,850 $1,850
Transportation $1,050 $1,050 $1,050 $860
Loan fees $55 $55 $55 $55
Total $75,753 $75,753 $59,127 $61,622

Notes:

  • Tuition and fees are subject to change based on non-full-time enrollment.
  • Beginning with Fall Quarter 2017, Northwestern has implemented a 2-year live-on requirement for all incoming first-year undergraduate students.
  • Loan fees are included in case families decide to use a federal student loan as a financing option to assist in covering the family contribution.
  • Students enrolling in the Northwestern student health insurance plan should add $3,950.
  • Study abroad student budgets generally include the same cost categories, but amounts will vary by program.

Resources

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