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Northwestern Tuition & Fees Report

Expensive In-State Tuition & Fees
Expensive Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

How Much Does Northwestern University Cost?

Are the tuition & fee charges at Northwestern University reasonable when compared to nationwide averages? Find out here. In this Northwestern cost report, you'll find:

How Much Does Northwestern Charge for Tuition?

$60,768 In-State Tuition & Fees
$60,768 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

The average tuition and fees at Northwestern University for undergraduates was $60,768 a year in 2020-2021. Students from Illinois did not receive a discount.

Tuition & Fees$60,276$492$60,768

These tuition and fees costs include one year of academic instruction, but do not cover room and board.

Keep in mind a lot of students have financial aid and scholarships that decrease the cost of college.

How much does Northwestern University cost for part-time students?

Go to the Cost Per Credit Hour page for details.

How Do Northwestern Tuition & Fees Compare to Other Schools?

The national out-of-state average for tuition and fees is $19,933 a year. With yearly tuition and fees charges running about $60,768 for out-of-state undergrads, Northwestern University is relatively expensive when compared to other schools in the country. Note that Northwestern does not give any in-state discounts.

The chart below shows how Northwestern compares to other schools nationwide, in the region, and in the state.

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Note that a school may appear to be more expensive than another school when you look at tuition and fees alone, but it may actually be a better deal when you factor in financial aid packages. For more details on that, see: Northwestern University Financial Aid.

Northwestern Tuition & Fees Five Year Projection

3.65% Tuition Increase
3.65% Fee Increase
$275,818 Est. 4-Year Cost

Tuition and Fees for Northwestern University increased with an average annual rate of 3.65% over the past five years. Tuition grew by 3.65%, and fees grew by 3.65%. If costs keep growing at the same rate students will be charged $65,289 this school year.

At this rate, we estimate the total cost of tuition and fees for two years at Northwestern to be $132,963, and $275,818 for four years.

Remeber to factor in additional costs such as room and board, transportation or books.

The following chart shows projected upcoming tuition and fees for undergraduates at Northwestern.


Factor Cost Increases Into Your Budget

Unless your school has advertised price freezes, it is likely the cost of tuition and fees will go up every year. Make sure you factor this into your budget.

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