Tuition and Fees

The tuition charges assessed do not cover the full instructional and operational costs involved in educating a student. The University receives additional funding from several sources including contributions by private individuals and corporations who recognize the quality of education provided by the University.

The University operates an extensive financial assistance program, with more than one-half of all full-time students receiving some form of financial assistance. Visit the Office of Student Finance for more details.

Tuition and fee rates are established by the Board of Trustees. These amounts are subject to change without notice.

Tuition 2012–2013

This information is current as of the catalog publication date. The quarterly bulletins and NLU Tuition and Fee Summary will contain the most current fee information. Tuition rates and fees are subject to change.

A non-refundable $100 tuition deposit is required by all new students pre-registering for any term. This deposit will be applied against term charges. A new student is someone not enrolled in the prior term.


Online      per semester hour
         Graduate M.Ed. online (except TLA)  $744.00
Illinois and Florida Undergraduate  per quarter hour
                 100/200 level  $347.00
                 300/400 level  $419.00
                 ABM, BSM, BSMIS, BABA and HCL courses  $466.00
Graduate by College  per semester hour
         National College of Education  
                 M.A.T., M.Ed., C.A.S. and Ed.D.  $744.00
                 M.Ed. (Teaching Learning and Assessment)  $483.00
                 ESL/Bilingual  $250.00
                 Professional Development Courses  $360.00
                 Nondegree Courses  $744.00
                 Nondegree Courses  $744.00
             College of Arts and Sciences  
                 M.A., M.S. and certificates  $719.00
                 Ph.D.  $744.00
             College of Management and Business  
                 All programs  $744.00
Wisconsin (net of Wisconsin Scholarship)  
         Graduate  per semester hour
                 M.Ed.  $485.00
                 M.Ed. (Teaching, Learning and Assessment)  $483.00
                 Ed.D.  $719.00
         Graduate  per semester hour
                 M.Ed. and Ed.D.  $678.00
                 M.Ed. (Teaching, Learning and Assessment)  $483.00


2012–2013 tuition rates are effective for the summer 2012 term through the spring 2013 term for courses offered on the standard term calendar.

Student Fees 2012–2013

Application fee (nonrefundable)


Tuition deposit (nonrefundable)


School Psychology Testing


Credit by Portfolio


    Application fee


    Per essay assessed


Criterion Examination


Miller Analogies Test


Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking




Special Letters


Course Descriptions (per student)

Diploma Re-order fee  $35.00

Deferred Payment Plan Fee/per term


Tuition Reimbursement Fee/per term


Late Payment Fee/per month


Returned Check Fee


Student fee/per term


E-mail Opt out Fee/per term


U-Pass fee/per term


Thesis/Dissertation/Exam Continuation fee/per term

Late Registration Fee  $100.00

*Additional charges may apply