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 and Fees 2017–2018

Tuition 2017- 2018

This information is current as of the catalog publication date. NLU Tuition and Fees posted online will contain the most current fee information. They are effective for the summer 2017 term through the spring 2018 term for courses offered on the standard term calendar. Tuition rates and fees are subject to change.

Undergraduate Rates

Full-time Flat (14-18 credits) $6,000/term
Less than 14 credits $430/credit hour
Full-time Plus (19+ credits) $6,000/term + $430/credit hour above 18
Pathways at NLU (First-time freshman, full-time, day program) $9,990 per year

Graduate Rates by College Rate per semester hour

National College of Education 
M.Ed. and M.A.T $685
Ed.S. $774
Ed.D. $774
Professional Development $380
Reading Recovery $380
ESL/Bilingual (On-site, per hour), LBS1 (Special Ed Endorsement)$450

College of Professional Studies and Advancement 
M.A. and M.S. $744
Graduate Leadership Programs: $781
Human Resource Management and Development (M.S.)
MBA: General, Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management
Health Services Administration (M.H.A.)
Ed.S. $781
Ed.D. and Ph.D. $774

Please note that tuition rates are applicable to the current academic year and are subject to an annual review.

National College of Education
M.Ed. (all others) $650
Ed.D. $705
Contact the Office of Partnerships for specific rate information. 

Prior Learning Assessment Rate per quarter hour    
Course and portfolio
ACL 301 (includes one submission) $940*
Facilitated Option (includes one submission)
100/200 level submission $450
300/400 level submission $600
Single Submission
100/200 level equvalent  $250
300/400 level equvalent $400

*(two quarter hours) 

Visit our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) page to learn more about this program.

Admission Application Fee FREE
Testing Fees
Credit by Proficiency Exam $140
Criterion Writing Assessment $55
edTPA fee** (NCE students-one time fee) $300
Miller Analogies Test $80
School Psychology Testing $350
Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking $55
All Other Fees
Deferred Payment Plan*** $35
Diploma Reorder $35
Email Opt Out*** $100
Late Payment per Month $15
Live Text fee** (NCE students-one time fee) $115
Field Supervision Fee $83.33
first-time replacement FREE
second+replacements $20/card
Office of Registrar Special Requests $15
Print and Copy Charge***
first 200 sheets FREE
additional Black and White sheets $0.05/sheet
additional Color copies $0.10/sheet
Returned Check $35
Student Fee: Full- or Half-time Enrollment*** $150
Student Fee: Less than Half-time Enrollment*** $50
Thesis/Dissertation/Exam Continuation** $774
Transcript $10.25
Tuition Reimursement Plan*** $35
Summer term $80
Fall/Winter/Spring term $110

**Some exceptions apply. Please ask about details specific to your program of interest.
***Denotes a per term charge.
****Denotes a required per term fee for all Chicago campus full-time students.