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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)

NWC tuition: $410/credit hour (2017-18)

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 2017-18  (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. Complete you FAFSA online using Northwestern's institutional code: 001883
  2. Upon acceptance into online program, complete the Northwestern's Financial Aid Request Form

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

Northwestern Nursing Partner Grant

This grant is offered by Northwestern College in appreciation of the organizations that host our nursing students. The grant reduces your tuition by $50 per credit hour.

Registered nurses employed by the following organizations including Sanford Health (all locations) and  Mercy Medical Center - Sioux City (all Sioux City affiliate locations) automatically qualify for the Northwestern Nursing Partner Grant.
Request information to see if your employment location qualifies.

Sanford Health Mercy Medical Centers
Floyd Valley Healthcare, LeMars Orange City Area Health Systems
Hawarden Regional Hospital Sioux Center Health
Hegg Memorial Health Center, Rock Valley Spencer Hospital

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, Blackboard, computer usage and campus facilities. Diplomas, transcripts and credentials will be withheld until all accounts are settled.