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RN to BSN tuition & fees

Think you can't afford a private college?  Think again. Tuition for Northwestern's RN to BSN online option is competitive with similar programs.*

NWC tuition: $400/credit hour (2016-17)

Avg. tuition, similar programs: $425/credit hour (2015-16)

*Calculation includes tuition for a dozen similar programs in Iowa and South Dakota. Excludes fees.

Fees 2016-17 (Excluding books)

Certified Background Check (one-time fee prior to start of program)


Polo Shirt - for clinicals (one-time fee)


Technology Fee

$75 per semester



Financial aid

Students in online programs may be eligible for federal and/or state financial aid. To determine your eligibility, you must: 

  1. Be accepted into an online program at Northwestern College.
  2. Complete the FAFSA. Northwestern's institutional code is 001883.
  3. Complete the Financial Aid Request Form, located in MyChecklist within MyNWC.

If you have questions or need more information, contact Northwestern's financial aid office.

Northwestern Nursing Partner Grant

If you are employed by any of the organizations listed below, you automatically qualify for the Northwestern Nursing Partner Grant following completion of the financial aid request form. The grant reduces your tuition by $50 per credit hour, and is offered by Northwestern College in appreciation of the organizations that host our nursing students.

Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital, Primghar  Orange City Area Health System
Floyd Valley Healthcare, LeMars Sanford Hospital, Sioux Falls
Hawarden Regional Hospital Sanford Sheldon
Hegg Memorial Health Center, Rock Valley Sioux Center Health
Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City Spencer Hospital

Scholarships & Grants

Continuing your education is more than a time investment. Contact an enrollment counselor for more information on scholarships and grants available.

Private Loans

Many different lenders provide additional loan funding to help students cover college costs. Before pursuing a private loan, first consider your grants, scholarships, and federal student loans. You may qualify for a private loan even if you don't qualify for a federal loan. No FAFSA is required to apply.

View preferred lender list


Payment plans

You can either pay each semester’s tuition in full prior to the start of classes or sign up for our convenient monthly payment plan that spreads your payments over 10 months for the entire academic year or over 5 months for one semester. Enrollment in the monthly payment plan costs $25/semester, and no interest is charged unless a payment is late. 

If payment is not made on the date it's due, the entire balance becomes due and interest of 1% per month (12% per year) will be charged to the student's account. Students who fail to make payment may be denied access to classes (face-to-face and online), Blackboard, computer usage and campus facilities. Diplomas, transcripts and credentials will be withheld until all accounts are settled. 

The application for the monthly payment plan is available through  MyNWC.