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 2020–2021

Tuition 2020- 2021

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 2020 term through the spring 2021 term for courses offered on the standard term calendar. Tuition rates and fees are subject to change.

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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) $10,755 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. $759
M.A. Clinical Psychology  $1,162
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. Applied Behavioral Analysis  $774
Ph.D. Community Psychology $774
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology $1, 162

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    
ACL 301 Fees
Tuition for the course (2QH) $860
Essay Reviews
1st essay $0
2nd and all subsequent essays $400 per essay
Major Credit by Licensure/Certification
Graduate level HRMD ($100 per QH)
  PHR certification $300- 3QH elective credit
  SPHR certification $600- 6QH elective credit
Major Credit by Porfolio
UG Major Credit for BSM courses $645 per course
UG Major Credit for CSJ courses $645 per course
(Fee recommendations are based on current tuition for UG of $430 X 1.5 QHs)
UG Licensure/Certification fees- Current program
0.5- 2 elective hours $50
  3- 5 elective hours $100
  6- 8 elective hours $200
  9 or more   $300
Credit by Examination (CLEP and DSST)
Administrative fee to proctor exam $25
Visit our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) page to learn more about this program.

Admission Application Fee FREE
Testing Fees
edTPA fee** (NCE students-one time fee) $300
Miller Analogies Test $80
School Psychology Testing $350
All Other Fees
Deferred Payment Plan***** $25
Diploma Reorder $35
Email Opt Out*** $100
Late Payment per Month $15
Live Text fee** (NCE students-one time fee) $115
Clinical/Field Experience 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-time Enrollment (14+hours) ***           $250
Student Fee: Full- or Half-time Enrollment *** $150
Student Fee: Less than Half-time Enrollment*** $50
Thesis/Dissertation/Exam Continuation** $774
Transcript $16.50 (electronic $11)
Tuition Reimbursement Plan*** $35
Summer term $90
Fall/Winter/Spring term $120

**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.
*****Paid for during the student payment plan enrollment.