Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition

The following tuition rates and fees apply for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

  • Full-time Tuition: $56,406, 50% billed at the start of the fall semester and the remaining 50% billed at the start of the spring semester. 
  • Part-time Tuition: $2,015 per credit, up to 28 credits. Students are charged for tuition as they enroll in classes. 

All MSL students are permitted to take between 28 and 32 credits without paying additional tuition. Students who surpass 32 credit hours will be charged a one-time extended studies fee of $1,500.

Additional Mandatory Fees

All MSL students are required to have health insurance.  The university's insurance plan costs $4,363 per year. US students may waive the Northwestern University insurance plan with proof of their own insurance. International students are required to enroll in the Northwestern University insurance plan.

Full-time students also incur a $300 student activity fee (the fee includes a Ventra card U-Pass).

The Chicago Financial Aid office has compiled comprehensive information about the costs of attendance, including living expenses, transportation, and so on.

Financial Aid

There are several financial aid options available to MSL students, including loans.

MSL Scholarship Program

The MSL Scholarship Program offers partial-tuition awards to full-time students (part-time residential and online students are not eligible) based on a combination of merit and need. Scholarships generally range from $2,500 to $15,000, with the average award in the $7,500 to $12,500 range. The program does not award full- or half-tuition scholarships at this time.

MSL-PhD Scholarship

The MSL program offers a limited number of competitive scholarships for PhD applicants, with the average award with the average award in the range of 25-30% of MSL tuition. The MSL-PhD scholarship can be applied to part-time or full-time study in the MSL Program. Applicants for the PhD scholarships must have earned or be working toward a PhD in a STEM field.  Applicants who are receiving tuition assistance from an employer tuition benefit are not eligible for the MSL-PhD scholarship.

Students interested in these scholarships should go through the regular admissions and scholarship application process. These scholarships are competitive, and early application is highly encouraged. 

Scholarship awards are announced approximately two weeks prior to the deposit deadline. 

Loans

Both full-time and part-time students may be eligible to apply for federal and private loans. Visit the Law School's loans page for more information. 

Other Financial Aid

Many MSL students seek scholarships and funding from outside entities, often applying for scholarships that match their individual profiles. Here are several resources to assist in the financial aid search:

100 Great Scholarships for Master's Degree Programs
FastWeb
FinAid
Scholarships.com
Student Scholarship Search