Tuition, Fees, and Expenses

Northwestern's cost of attendance changes each year, and it includes both standard and variable figures.

Standard Figures

Standard fees do not vary on a student-by-student basis. They include:

  • Tuition and Fees: based on actual charges
  • Room & Board: based on the weighted average cost of a double room on campus and the equivalent of a 19-meal board contract
  • Books, Supplies, and Personal Expenses: based on average costs

Variable Figures:

  • Transportation: an allowance included to help offset travel expenses. This amount will vary as it is dependent upon the distance of your home to campus.
  • Loan Origination Fees: based on average charges. Not all students will have an allowance for loan origination fees.

Cost of Attendance

The basic formula used to calculate the cost of attendance for the 2014-15 academic year is as follows:

Expense Amount
Tuition $46,836
Fees (Health $200, ASG $168, Athletic $47) $415
Room and Board


Books and Supplies $1,914
Personal Expenses $1,965
Loan Fee $35
Transportation Varies
Cost of Attendance $65,554

* The total cost for commuter students is $53,490, which includes $984 for transportation and $2,325 for room and board.