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 Finance 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 Finance website.

Bills and Payments

Student Finance 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 and allows online payments.

Prepayment Plan

The University provides a tuition and fee installment Prepayment Plan, which offers the benefit of prepaying the educational costs for the academic year in monthly payments without incurring finance or interest charges.

VA Pending Payment Policy

For Northwestern students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 GI Bill®1 (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, the University will not prevent enrollment, assess a late fee, deny access to resources available to other students, or require they secure additional funding while payment from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is pending to the University.

To qualify for this provision, students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA’s Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Additional Information

For more information about bills and payments, visit or contact:

Student Finance 
555 Clark Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208-1221

Financial Obligations

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 finance 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.