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Visiting Students

Tuition and Fees

Summer Session students are billed for tuition on a per-unit basis. At Northwestern one credit unit equals four quarter hours or two and two-thirds semester hours of credit. Most courses at Northwestern count as one unit of credit, though some carry more credit, with a corresponding increase in tuition. If a course carries less or more than one unit of credit, the number of units appears at the end of the course description. All checks and money orders for tuition, deposits, and fees must be drawn on a U.S. Bank in U.S. Dollars and payable to Northwestern University. Please include the student's name on the check or money order.

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Summer 2017 Tuition and Fees for Visiting Students

2017 Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition, per course/unit of credit:  $4,202
  • Tuition for approved teachers and professional educators (currently employeed secondary education teachers)/unit of credit:  $1,811
  • Online courses: $120 technology fee
  • Full-time Northwestern employees may qualify for a reduced tuition rate for undergraduate, professional development, and Summer Institute classes. You must submit a Tuition Benefit Application one month before registration. If this form is not filed, you will be billed for the full tuition. The Tuition Benefit Applications are available here or from Human Resources at 720 University Place, Evanston, and Abbott Hall, Room 150, Chicago. For further information, including details on benefits for spouses and dependents, please visit the Human Resources website or call (847) 491-7513.

Non-refundable Fees

  • Tuition deposit, per course:  $250
  • Registration fee:  $50
  • Late registration fee:  $75
  • Retroactive registration fee:  $225
  • Official transcripts, per copy (plus additional $25 for rush requests): $8 for electronic and $10 for U.S. Mail service
  • Late payment penalty:  $200
  • For professional development course fees see the individual course descriptions.

Billing and Payment

The Office of Student Accounts issues student bills. A due date is shown on each University bill, and payment must be received by that date. Failure to receive bills is not sufficient cause to extend due dates. More information on bills and payment methods can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

eBill and ePay

An electronic option for billing and payment of tuition and fees is available at no charge to students and authorized payers such as their parents. Additional information on eBill and ePay can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Financial Obligations

You are responsible for fulfilling your financial obligations to the University. If your bill is unpaid at its due date, you may incur a financial hold on your student account and you may also incur a $150 late payment fee.

Until all financial obligations are paid in full, the financial hold could cause:

  • Registration to be cancelled or prevented
  • Diplomas or transcripts to be held
  • Enrollment or degrees to be unconfirmed
  • You also are liable for any costs associated with collection of your unpaid bills, including, but not limited to, collection agency costs, court costs, and legal fees.

For more information about tuition, fees and billing, visit the Student Financial Services website.

Refund Policy and Schedule

See the Student Financial Services page to calculate any due refund.