Tuition and fees

College is one of the biggest and best investments of your life. Northwestern provides financial aid for 100% of our students and is committed to making your investment in our standout education affordable.

Tuition, room and board $42,500
Average financial aid award* -$28,000
Average out-of-pocket $14,500

*Individual financial aid packages, which include $5,500 in federal loans, depend on a family's FAFSA results and resources. The average financial aid award is based on an average NWC student—one with a 24.3 ACT, 3.61 GPA and expected family contribution of $13,974.

2020-21 undergraduate tuition, room and board

Tuition (12–18 semester hours) $32,700
Room and board listed below are for the full academic year and include a variety of meal plan arrangements from which to choose.
Room & board
Women's residence halls
Fern Smith Hall $9,800
Stegenga Hall $10,050
Men's residence halls
Colenbrander Hall $9,800
Hospers Hall $9,800
North Suites $10,300
Courtyard Village Apartments $10,500**
Bolks Apartments $10,500**
**Students living in campus apartments or cottages may choose a 10-meals-per-week plan that will reduce their room and board charge by $600 per year.
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