Tuition, Financial Aid & Debt Management

Tuition and Other Expenses

Tuition for a year of study at Northwestern University for the 2017-2018 academic year is $52,239. Historically, Northwestern has increased tuition by about 5% per year.

Living expenses are estimated at $20,000 per year for a student living alone. Of course, these expenses can be reduced through other arrangements (living at home, having a roommate, serving as a resident assistant, etc.).

The cost of books and supplies varies by course. On average, books cost about $180 per quarter.

Financial Aid: Loans

Financial aid in the form of loans can be arranged through Northwestern University. These loans can cover tuition, other educational expenses and living expenses.

Refer to the Northwestern University Graduate School Bulletin for more information. Students interested in loans are encouraged to begin the loan application process at the time they are admitted to the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program to ensure timely distribution of funds. All applicants who apply for financial aid should first complete a FAFSA application. Please note that FAFSA generally gives preference to individuals who file their application early in the calendar year. Please see FAFSA information and dates at

For specific Information about the loan processing for the Graduate School and Professional Masters programs students are directed to the office of Student Financial Services. Their staff determines eligibility as well as processes loan applications. Students may contact them via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone at 847-491-8950.

For questions concerning the loan process contact Adina Andrews, Director of Student Financial Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Graduate School web site contains information regarding the loan process. Please visit

Financial Aid: Scholarships

 A limited number of partial scholarships are available through The Family Institute. Applicants should complete and submit a scholarship application with other application documents. Applicants representing racial and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

The number of scholarships is limited and based on one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Financial need
    2. Academic merit
    3. Experience and interest in working with culturally diverse populations

Scholarships amounts range from $1,500 to $5,000 per academic year.

The number of scholarships available varies from year to year. Students awarded scholarships must remain in good standing with the Program and are required to participate in one of the following activities:

  • Clinical work in The Family Institute Community Program
  • Assist a professor with a programmatic or scholarly project
  • Work on a research project

Northwestern University does not offer fellowships or assistantships for the MSMFT program at this time. Such assistance is typical of PhD programs and is rare among Master’s-level programs.

 Debt Management

 Several options exist for retiring student loans. Health care professionals, who include Marriage and Family Therapists, are eligible for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, which is a program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides students with the opportunity to have their entire debt paid off by agreeing to work in underserved communities at an approved site. Here is a link describing their program:

More information about loan repayment plans; loan calculators, and financial planning can be found at the following sites.!ut/p/c1/

Information about loan forgiveness through non-profit or government employment can be found on the following sites.

Contact information:

The Family Institute at Northwestern University
618 Library Place
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-733-4300
Fax: 847-733-0390