2020 Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After Graduation
For the academic year 2019-2020, the undergraduate tuition & fees at Northwestern University is $56,691.
The undergraduate estimated tuition & fees for academic year 2020-2021 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. Its undergraduate tuition and fees are around the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($55,336 - 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 the academic year 2019-2020.
The estimated graduate school tuition & fees is $58,583 for the academic year 2020-2021.
The 2020 undergraduate tuition has been risen by 3.89% from the previous year. Its graduate tuition and fees are a little bit higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($48,199 - 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.
The below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and/or 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$6,668
2020-2021$6,928
Graduate2018-2019$6,418
2019-2020$6,649
2020-2021$6,888
The next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation from the school. 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

Tuition & Fees for 4 Years

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid

How Much is the tuition for 4 years at Northwestern University?

For the students who were admitted in Fall 2020, the estimated tuition for 4 years is $241,734.
The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4-year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. The next table shows the estimated 4-years tuition & fees for the next 5 admission years. The estimation is based on 4-years changes in tuition & fees at the school.
4 Years of Tuition & Fees
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
The table shows the 4-years estimation of total costs of attendance (COA). It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses.
For the students who were admitted in Fall 2020, the estimated 4-years COA is $335,557.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation for the next 5 admission years at Northwestern University.
4 Years of Costs of Attendance
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% of enrolled undergraduate students have received grants or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from the federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes federal/private student loans.
After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 years of attending the school is $169,817.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation with financial aid for the next 5 admission years at Northwestern University.
4 Years Costs of attendance after Financial Aid
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

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 the last five years. Use the 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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