Financial Regulations and Procedures

For complete information on financial regulations at Northwestern University, please consult the Northwestern University Financial Regulations Handbook.

Tuition and Fees
The Office of Student Accounts issues student bills electronically each month. They are sent to your Northwestern University email address and can also be viewed on CAESAR. Payment must be received by the due date shown on the bill. Failure to receive bills is not sufficient cause for extension of due dates. Bills are generated on the 10th of the month prior to enrollment and on the 10th of each month thereafter. It is the student's responsibility to inform the Office of Student Accounts of any changes in billing address.


Installment Payment Plan

The University tuition and fee installment payment plan, 9PAY, offers the benefit of spreading educational costs for the academic year across nine monthly payments. For information, contact Student Financial Services.


Refunds for Withdrawal from the University

Students who withdraw from the University must immediately file a withdrawal form, available from Medill's Office of Student Life. The completed form bearing the required signatures must be filed at the University Registrar's Office.

The effective date for financial adjustments is the date the completed form is received at the Registrar's Office.

Tuition deposits are not refundable under any circumstances. Tuition is refunded in full if the student withdraws on or before the seventh day of classes. After the seventh day, the following policy applies:

  • Between the eighth day of class and the third Friday after classes begin, three-fourths of the tuition is refunded.
  • Between the third Friday and the sixth Friday after classes begin, one-half of the tuition is refunded.
  • After the sixth Friday of classes, no refunds are given.

Financial aid recipients who withdraw from the University may be required to return a portion of their financial aid to the appropriate federal programs.

First-time attendees of the University who receive Title IV assistance are subject to pro-rata refunds. If a first-time attendee withdraws from the University during the first 60 percent of the quarter, the refund (of tuition, refundable fees and other institutional charges) will be based on a percentage derived from the number of weeks remaining in the quarter divided by the number of weeks in the quarter, rounded down to the nearest 10 percent, less any unpaid charges. No refunds will be offered after the first 60 percent of the quarter has elapsed. Refund requests must be submitted to the Office of Student Accounts.


Financial Obligations
Students with overdue University bills will not be given a transcript or any confirmation of their enrollment or degrees until all financial obligations are paid in full. Students whose accounts are overdue must pay a late-payment penalty fee of $100. The director of student accounts may cancel or prohibit the registration of a student whose bills are past due.

Each student is liable for any costs associated with the collection of his or her past-due account, including but not limited to collection costs, court costs and legal fees.