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Online tuition and fees

The following tuition and fee rates apply to students who are enrolled in an online program.

Online learning costs



Master of Education/Education Endorsements $305/credit $310/credit
Student teaching (Birth Through Grade Three Endorsement) $305/credit $310/credit
RN to BSN $400/credit $410/credit
Coaching Authorization $470 total $470 total
Coaching Endorsement $450/credit $460/credit
Undergraduate general education courses $450/credit $460/credit
Technology fee, full-time student  $100/semester $100/semester
Technology fee, part-time student  $75/semester $75/semester

NO application fee

Financial aid

Continuing your education is more than a time investment. Below are a few resources that may help you finance your bachelor's degree, master's degree, or endorsement online with Northwestern College.
Contact an enrollment counselor for more information on specific scholarships and grants available.



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

  1. Complete the FAFSA. Northwestern's institutional code is 001883.
  2. After acceptance into your program, Northwestern's financial aid office will put together a financial aid package for you.

Nursing Partner Grant

Northwestern Nursing Partner Grant

This grant is offered to online RN to BSN students in appreciation of the organizations that host our on-campus 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

Payment Plans

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.

Private Loans

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

T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood Scholarship

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship

Educators pursuing an Endorsement 100 may be eligible for a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship. For information or to apply, visit the  T.E.A.C.H. website.



A TEACH Grant can help you pay for your masters if you teach or plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area. Our master's programs are approved for the TEACH Grant. You’ll be required to teach for a certain length of time in a high-need area, so it's important to understand your obligation.
For more information about the grant requirements visit the TEACH Grant website.