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Cost of Attendance

The estimated cost of attendance is used to help guide your financial planning, determine financial aid eligibility, and offer federal loans to students applying for federal financial aid. It includes University direct charges such as tuition and fees, and variable expenses for books and supplies, transportation, health insurance, personal expenses, and housing and food. Since the degree is over the span of five quarters, the first four quarters’ tuition & fees are set, but the last quarter tuition & fees are estimated, and will not be set until Spring 2024. 

Keep in mind that your actual costs may differ depending on your individual expenses, budget needs and financial planning. Learn more about financing your Medill education on our financial aid page. If there is need for additional expenses, students can request an adjustment to their cost of attendance budget based on special or unusual circumstances, please contact Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Donna Su.

University direct charges

All students are charged tuition and fees for activity & graduate health services.

Total for five quarters for students who start in fall 2023
Tuition $102,228
Fees $1,444
Total direct charges $103,672

Variable expenses

Actual amounts for the following items will vary depending on your needs, budgeting decisions and financial aid eligibility. The amounts listed are for five quarters.

Books and supplies
This may include expenses needed for books and supplies.
This may include airline tickets and other related transportation costs for getting to/from campus as well as other expenses related to ground transportation.
Student health insurance
Domestic students can waive Northwestern's student health insurance plan with proof of alternative health insurance. International students are required to purchase health insurance through Northwestern. If you utilize the NU-SHIP health insurance, you will be billed for a full year of health insurance in Fall Quarter 2023. After you graduate from the IMC program at the end of Fall Quarter 2024, if you no longer require NU Student Health Insurance, you may ask the Office of Student Health Insurance for a prorated refund.
Housing and food
This may include expenses related to housing on or off campus and expenses for meals.
Federal student loan fees
Fees charged when student loans disburse. Depending on your loan amount, your actual loan fees will vary.
Personal expenses
This may include other expenses not captured in the above listed categories related to students' individual needs.