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NLU Tuition and Fees

Effective Summer 2020- Spring 2021

National Louis University provides a variety of financing options to assist in covering educational and tuition cost. Whether you are interested in utilizing one of our payment options or loan assistance, scholarships, federal work-study, grants or a combination of these resources. Our Financial aid advisors can develop a financial plan that meets your needs.


of Americans think college is too expensive—we think they're right. We've recently reduced tuition for undergraduate and select graduate programs, making your degree more affordable.


Undergraduate Rates

Full-time (14-18 QH)
Entering NLU with less than 30 QH of transfer credit

$10,755 per year  

Full-time (14-18 QH)
Entering NLU with more than 30 QH of transfer credit


Part-time (less than 14 credits hours)

$430/credit hour

Full-time plus (19+ credits)

$6,000/term + $430/credit hour above 18

Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management   

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Graduate Rates by College

Rate per semester hour

National College of Education


M.Ed. and M.A.T.






Professional Development


Reading Recovery


ESL/Bilingual (On-site, per hour), LBS1 (Special Ed Endorsement)


College of Professional Studies and Advancement

M.A. and M.S.


Graduate Leadership Programs

$781/credit hour



Ed.D. and Ph.D.




Please note that tuition rates are applicable to the current academic year and are subject to an annual review.




National College of Education
   M.Ed. (all others)



Contact the Office of Partnerships for specific rate information.

Gain credit for Prior Learning.

Are you pursuing a degree but already have years of personal and professional experience? Visit NLU's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Office for details on how you can turn your knowledge and skills gained outside of the classroom into college credit.

Admission Application Fee


Testing Fees
   Criterion Writing Assessment
   edTPA fee** (NCE students–one time fee)
   Miller Analogies Test
   School Psychology Testing
   Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal

$  55
$  80
$  55

All Other Fees
   Deferred Payment Plan***
   Diploma Reorder
   Email Opt Out***
   Late Payment per Month
   Live Text fee** (NCE students–one time fee)
   Clinical/Field Experience Fee
      first-time replacement
      second+ replacements
   Office of Registrar Special Requests
   Print and Copy Charge***
      first 200 sheets
      additional Black and White sheets
      additional Color copies
   Returned Check
   Student Fee: Full-time Enrollment (14+ hours)***
   Student Fee: Full- or Half-time Enrollment***
   Student Fee: Less than Half-time Enrollment***
   Thesis/Dissertation/Exam Continuation**
   Transcript (Paper)
   Transcript (Electronic)
   Tuition Reimbursement Plan***
      Summer term
      Fall/Winter/Spring term

$  35
$  35
$  15
$  15

$  35

$  50
$  35

$  90

** Some exceptions apply. Please ask about details specific to your program of interest.
*** Denotes a per term charge
**** Denotes a required per term fee for all Chicago campus full-time students


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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