2020 Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After Graduation
For academic year 2019-2020, undergraduate tuition & fees at Northwestern University is $56,691. The undergraduate 2020-2021 estimated tuition & fees at Northwestern University is $58,897. The 2020 undergraduate tuition has been risen by 3.89% from the previous year.The Living costs increased by 10.01% from the previous year for both on-campus and off-campus stay. The undergraduate tuition and fees at Northwestern University are around the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($55,541 - Private (not-for-profit) Research University (very high research activity)).
2019-2020 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearTuition & FeesOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2018-2019$54,568$18,476
2019-2020$56,691$20,325
Change % 2019-20203.89%10.01%
2020-2021$58,897$22,359
***The estimated 2020-2021 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
For graduate school, the tuition and fees are $56,567 for academic year 2019-2020. The estimated graduate school tuition & fees at Northwestern University is $58,583 for academic year 2020-2021. The 2020 undergraduate tuition has been risen by 3.89% from the previous year. The graduate tuition and fees at Northwestern University are little bit higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($47,999 - Private (not-for-profit) Research University (very high research activity)).
2019-2020 Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearTuition & FeesOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2018-2019$54,620$18,476
2019-2020$56,567$20,325
Change % 2019-20203.56%10.01%
2020-2021$58,583$22,359
***The estimated 2020-2021 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
Below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and full-time students who take additional courses more than regular credit hours at Northwestern University.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2019-2020)
YearCost Per Credit Hour
Undergraduate2018-2019$6,418
2019-2020$6,418
2020-2021$6,418
Graduate2018-2019$6,418
2019-2020$6,418
2020-2021$6,418
Next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation for Northwestern University graduates. After 6 years of graduation, the mean earning is $71,900 and, after 10 years of graduation, the mean earning is $93,400 for Northwestern University graduates.
Mean Earning After Graduation By Time
TotalMaleFemale
6 Years After Graduation$71,900$80,000$65,600
7 Years After Graduation$73,300--
8 Years After Graduation$82,800--
9 Years After Graduation$78,800--
10 Years After Graduation$93,400$108,600$81,900

Northwestern University 4 Years Tuition

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Based on 4-years changes on tuition & fees, we estimate 4 year tuition at Northwestern University for future and perspective students . For the students who admit in Fall 2020, the estimated 4 year tuition is $241,734. The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs and before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4 year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. Next table shows the 4 year tuition & fees estimation for next 5 admission years at Northwestern University.
4 Years Tuition & Fees at Northwestern University
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024Fall 2020$58,150$59,647$61,182$62,756$241,734
Class of 2025Fall 2021$59,647$61,182$62,756$64,371$247,956
Class of 2026Fall 2022$61,182$62,756$64,371$66,028$254,337
Class of 2027Fall 2023$62,756$64,371$66,028$67,727$260,883
Class of 2028Fall 2024$64,371$66,028$67,727$69,470$267,597
Below table shows the 4 year estimation of total costs of attendance (COA) at Northwestern University. It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses. For the students who admit in Fall 2020, the estimated 4 year COA is $335,557. Next table shows the 4 year COA estimation for next 5 admission years at Northwestern University.
4 years COA at Northwestern University
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024Fall 2020$80,694$82,787$84,936$87,141$335,557
Class of 2025Fall 2021$82,787$84,936$87,141$89,405$344,268
Class of 2026Fall 2022$84,936$87,141$89,405$91,728$353,210
Class of 2027Fall 2023$87,141$89,405$91,728$94,113$362,388
Class of 2028Fall 2024$89,405$91,728$94,113$96,562$371,808
Last year, 56 students ( 0.65% of enrolled undergraduate students) received the grant or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes the federal/private student loans. After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 year is $169,817. Next table shows the 4 year COA estimation with financial aid for next 5 admission years at Northwestern University.
4 years COA with Financial Aid at Northwestern University
Admission YearFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024Fall 2020$39,259$41,352$43,501$45,706$169,817
Class of 2025Fall 2021$41,352$43,501$45,706$47,970$178,528
Class of 2026Fall 2022$43,501$45,706$47,970$50,293$187,470
Class of 2027Fall 2023$45,706$47,970$50,293$52,678$196,648
Class of 2028Fall 2024$47,970$50,293$52,678$55,127$206,068

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2020 Tuition, Fees, and Living Cost Tables and Charts

Next tables and charts illustrate the 2020 tuition, fees, books & supplies, and living costs in detail. We provide the previous 5 years costs so that you can check the increased amounts of each cost item and estimate future year costs. In addition, you can check the financial aid amount including grant, scholarship, and federal student loans for last five years. Use left menu to explore the tuition and college costs information at Northwestern University.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
Northwestern University 2020 Costs of Attendance
Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$56,691$1,638 $20,325
Graduate$56,567 $1,638$20,325


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