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Is Northwestern a Good School for the Money?

Below Average National Value
Unknown In-State Value
$233,465 Avg Total Cost

Northwestern University Value Report

What is a Northwestern degree worth? College Factual's value analysis compares Northwestern with other schools of similar quality to see if it's priced fairly.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Top 1% National Quality
Expensive Price

Northwestern University is ranked #2,188 out of 2,223 for value nationwide.

Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe Northwestern University is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)

National Value Ranking  2188 out of 2223
Great Value
National Value Score  2.37 out of 100
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

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*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

Bottom Line: You'll Spend an Estimated $233,465 For That Piece of Paper

On average, a bachelor's degree from Northwestern will cost you about $233,465. This is based on an average price (with and without aid) of $56,529 and a typical 4.13 years to graduate.

Average Yearly Cost$56,529
Average Years to Graduate4.13
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree$233,465

Many Factors Affect Net Price

Depending on your personal circumstances, your net price may be well below the average Northwestern net price, which could make this school a better value. You may quality for more financial aid, or be able to complete your degree faster than average. Get more details on Northwestern cost.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$153,140 In-State With Aid
$335,699 Avg Cost No Aid
4.13 Years to Graduate

The net price YOU pay may be very different than the typical net price.

Look at the table below to get a sense of how Northwestern value for your educational dollar might vary.

Nationwide Value by Aid GroupAvg Degree CostValue RankValue Grade
Students with no Aid$335,699#0F
All Students$233,465#2,188F
Only Students Receiving Aid$153,140#479B+
In-State Value by Aid GroupAvg Degree CostValue RankValue Grade
Students with no Aid$335,699#F
All Students$233,465#F
Only Students Receiving Aid$153,140#F

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of Illinois.

About 66% of Northwestern students receive financial aid. Get more details on what Northwestern financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Finance The Gap

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates value by calculating average Northwestern cost multiplied by time to graduate, and then compares that number to other schools of a similar quality ranking. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.


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