Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

Each program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies differs in tuition costs. Find information below on the financial obligations and tuition costs for the Accelerated Master's in Public Policy and Administration program.

2024–25 Academic Year

Estimated Program Tuition

  • Estimated tuition per course: $3,944
  • Estimated cost for entire program (13 courses): $51,272 – $52,962

Estimated Program Fees

  • Technology fee: $130 per online course


  • The tuition listed here is estimated for planning purposes only. 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 2.5% to 3.5%.
  • The estimated cost for the entire program does not include estimated fees for books, other instructional materials, technology, or student services.


Financial Obligation

Students will be required to pay tuition costs and any costs associated with any books and materials.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Federal loan eligibility is usually limited to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. As at most universities, Northwestern University aid, assistantships, and stipends are reserved for full-time 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 the application, but we encourage all U.S. citizens and permanent residents to complete the FAFSA application form if they would like to be considered for any federal loans.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

The University's Employer Reimbursement Plan (ERP) is designed for students whose employers offer reimbursement for tuition costs. The plan allows participants to defer their employer-covered tuition payments to Northwestern until after the term has been completed. Please contact the Student Accounts Office for more information and an application form.

Veteran Benefits

Veteran students may use benefits offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs toward their degree. Our Office of Financial Aid can help students determine which benefits may be used at Northwestern. To help students determine which educational benefit is best for their course of study, students can contact VA counselors at the GI Bill hotline at 1-888-442-4451 and at the VA website

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