Tuition Costs

Each program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies differs in tuition costs. Find information below on financial obligations and tuition costs for the Prose and Poetry program.

2023–24 Academic Year Tuition

  • Tuition per course: $3,773* (plus technology fee, if applicable)
  • Estimated cost for entire program: $56,595 **

* Select courses are offered online. Online courses are assigned a technology fee of $125 per course.

** MFA students in good academic and financial standing will receive full tuition remission for the 15th course of the program, deducted from the total above. Good academic standing is defined as having a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 and no more than one outstanding incomplete grade.

Tuition levels are reviewed on a yearly basis and can be adjusted based on market dynamics. On average, when an adjustment has been made, it has been approximately +/- 3.5%.


Financial Aid Eligibility

Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Federal loan eligibility is usually limited to students taking at least two units of credit in the quarter for which they receive aid. Please note that depending on course availability, students may need to take a break for one or two quarters to maintain the two-credit minimum course load requirement for financial aid.

As at most universities, Northwestern University aid, assistantships, and stipends are reserved for PhD and MFA candidates.

Graduate students should direct questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid or by calling 312-503-8722.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is not required as part of your application, but we encourage all US citizens and permanent residents to complete the FAFSA if they would like to be considered for any loans.

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