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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 award federal loans to students applying for federal aid. It includes University direct charges such as tuition and fees, and variable expenses for books and supplies, transportation, health insurance, personal expenses, and room and board.

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.

University direct charges

All students are charged tuition and an activity fee.

Total for Four Quarters Based on the 2019-2020 budget
Tuition $65,916
Activity fee $1,360
Total direct charges $67,276

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 four 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(es) as well as other expenses related to ground transportation beyond the CTA pass distributed by Medill.
Student health insurance
Domestic students can waive student health insurance with proof of health insurance. International students are required to purchase health insurance through Northwestern.
Personal expenses
This may include other expenses not captured in the above listed categories related to students’ individual needs.
Room and board
This may include expenses related to housing on or off campus and expenses for meals.