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Tuition and Fees

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.

2021 Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition, per course/unit of credit:  $4,852
    • Lab course fee: $250
  • Tuition for approved teachers and professional educators (currently employed secondary education teachers)/unit of credit:  $2,054
  • Online courses: $125 technology fee (for courses ending with -DL)
  • 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.

Adding and Dropping Courses

To add or drop a course:

  1. Complete and submit the electronic Undergraduate Change of Registration Form.
  2. Make any required payment if you are adding your first course.

Refund Policy and Schedule

While the tuition deposit and fees (including the registration fee) are not refundable under any circumstances, students may be eligible to receive a full or partial tuition refund. Northwestern University's refund policy is based on the percentage of time (number of days in the session, including weekends and holidays) that you were enrolled as a student in your class. The Office of Student Accounts considers the date of the drop in CAESAR or the date the completed Change of Registration form is received at the SPS Registrar's office to be the effective date in making financial adjustments.

Please visit the Student Financial Services Withdrawal Calculator for SPS Undergraduates & Visiting Summer Students to calculate any potential refund due.

 As Summer Session classes begin and end on different dates throughout the summer, you should consult with Student Financial Services to help determine your potential refund.

Office of Student Accounts 
555 Clark Street, Evanston, IL  60208
Phone: 847-491-5224

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