Tuition and Financial Aid

Funding your graduate degree may be the biggest investment you make in yourself. Northwestern University is committed to helping you finance your graduate education, and early planning is essential to make the most of the financial aid opportunities available to you.

Tuition Information

The tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year is $3,134 per course unit (most courses are one course unit; student teaching is two units, the gifted capstone is broken into two quarters at .5 units each, and the practicum in school leadership is also broken into two quarters at .5 units each). If a student took all 15 course units required for the master’s degree at the 2014-15 tuition rate, the total cost of tuition would be $47,010. The Master of Science in Education Program does not charge any student activity or other fee beyond tuition. Tuition does not include the cost of books.

Departmental Scholarships
Each year the Master of Science in Education Program offers a small number of partial tuition scholarships to the most academically competitive applicants (valued at $5,000-$16,000 in the 2013-14 academic year). There is no separate application for these scholarships. If you would like to be considered for a partial tuition scholarship, you should indicate that you would like to be considered for financial awards in the "Financial Aid and Awards" section of the online application form. There are a limited number of awards available, so applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the early application deadline if they wish to be considered for these awards.

Sponsored Scholarships
Each year, the Master of Science in Education Program offers a number of sponsored scholarships. The number and value of such scholarships vary each year. In 2013-14, the scholarships were valued at $5,000-$16,000. In the past, the following have been offered:
  • Marjorie Gosselin Fitzgerald Fellowship (elementary teachers only)
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Fellowship (elementary teachers only)
  • Lorraine H. Morton Scholarship
  • Carol W. Keenen Fellowship
  • Mary Lou and John Scott Fellowship (NU-TEACH completers only) 

There is no separate application for these awards. To be considered, please indicate your interest in the "Financial Aid and Awards" section of the online application form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the early application deadline to be considered for this award.


Northwestern Alumnae Scholarship
The Alumnae of Northwestern University offers the Alumnae Graduate Fellowship (AGF) to Northwestern alumni (those who earned their undergraduate degree at Northwestern University), preferably females, who show promise of achieving distinction in their field and bringing credit to the University. The award is valued at up to $20,000.

Criteria for selection include quality of scholarship, leadership, community service, professional experience and financial need. Special consideration will be given to students who plan to pursue a career that serves the public good.

Applicants must be admitted as full-time students to a terminal master's degree program at Northwestern in order to be eligible for this fellowship. The deadline to apply is typically in April. The application is available through the Fellowship Office from January through April.

TEACH Grant
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Education Grant Program (known as the TEACH Grant) provides grants to students of up to $4,000 per academic year ($8,000 during an entire graduate program of study) who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

TEACH Grant recipients must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students, for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing their program of study. Learn more about the TEACH Grant.

Master of Science in Education Graduate Assistant Positions

Master of Science in Education graduate assistants work part-time in the program office. Two graduate assistant positions are awarded each fall to academically competitive applicants. Positions typically begin in the fall or summer and last one or two academic years.

The graduate assistant position includes tuition remission for one course per quarter and a $2,100 quarterly stipend. Assuming a four-quarter-long appointment, the total value of the award (as of fall 2014) is $20,936.
  • Tuition scholarship: $12,536
  • Stipend: $8,400
Graduate assistant duties generally include the following:
  • General office work such as answering phones, making copies, etc.
  • Periodic involvement with faculty/staff in special projects/emphases
  • Other tasks as deemed necessary by department administrators
There is no separate application for the graduate assistant positions, but an interview is required. Accommodations can be made for students who are unable to interview in person. To be considered for a graduate assistant position, please indicate your interest in the "Financial Aid and Awards" section of the online application form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the early application deadline to be considered for this award.


Student Loans

Most matriculated students are able to borrow up to their full cost of attendance, including tuition and a cost of living allowance. Low fixed interest rate federal student loans are available to matriculated students who are enrolled at least half-time (two courses per term) and are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Continued eligibility for federal student loans requires compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines.

Prospective matriculated students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) around the same time as completing their application for admission to determine their eligibility for federal student loans. The FAFSA school code for Northwestern University is 001739.

Non-matriculated students and matriculated students registered for fewer than two courses per quarter may be eligible for private or alternative loans. Additional information about private and alternative loans is available at www.northwestern.edu/sfs/loan_instruc_info/private_loans.html


Student loans for Master of Science in Education students are administered through Student Financial Services. Please visit the Student Financial Services web site for full details. Students may not receive their student loan offer at the same time as their scholarship and awards offer.
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