In 2022, tuition for full-time students at Northwestern College was $34,000 a year.
In 2022, tuition increased 1.95%–from $33,350 the prior year. On average, college tuition rises about 3% year.
If this makes attending the college of your dreams sound impossible, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't mean much if you plan to use financial aid to help pay for college. Many students find the actual cost of college is a lot less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Plus, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college feel more doable until after graduation.
Northwestern College is a private, religious institution, which means it has the same tuition for residents of Iowa as it does for residents from other states.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. These institutions offer a lower cost of attendance for students who are residents of that state.
Attending a school where you qualify for in-state tuition can drastically reduce the total cost of attending college. Take the time to confirm your state's rules for in-state residency. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be additional requirements as well, depending on where you live.
Northwestern College has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
Students from outside of the U.S. are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at Northwestern College:
•On-campus jobs •Athletic Awards •Northwestern College-specific scholarships
In addition to the cost of tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Northwestern College.
Room and board at Northwestern College costs $10,200 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a dining plan that allows you to eat in the school dining halls. Students who live off campus but still want to use the dining facilities can opt-in for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $5,400.
Board costs may vary depending on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus
The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.
Most schools charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
There may be additional fees associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools have ways so that those with financial need to get help covering these costs.
The total cost of getting around in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus walkable? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can drastically impact your transportation budget. At Northwestern College, freshman are allowed to park on campus.
Where are a college is located can also have a big effect on the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand getting around in a city is often expensive, but cities may offer more trains, busses or affordable flights to actually get to school. The Northwestern College campus is in a small town setting in Iowa.
When estimating your budget for college, be sure to factor in the cost of things like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.
Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better idea of what is really costs to go to Northwestern College.
What will the cost of attending Northwestern College be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$10,200|
The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.
|Total Estimated Costs|
The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
Northwestern College’s tuition and fees change based on: •Course load for part-time students
The majority of Northwestern College undergrads use financial aid to finance their education. In 2022, 688 of the 1,071 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Northwestern College meets 93.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $34,426 a year. Around 72% of Northwestern College undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Northwestern College graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $32,835 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Northwestern College-Specific Loans||$6,356|
|Most Common Loans for Northwestern College Students|
Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Northwestern College financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.
In 2022, Northwestern College awarded 688 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $11.4 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $9.44 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.
Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Northwestern College students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.
When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.
The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Northwestern College was $34,426 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Northwestern College seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Northwestern College really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.
As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Northwestern College's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
Northwestern College offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.
Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.
Northwestern College has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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