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Tuition and Financial Aid: Affordable Online Degrees

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Tuition and Financial Aid at National Louis University

We’re committed to helping you understand what you’ll pay, which types of aid you qualify for, and how to apply for the funding you need.

Get to know NLU:

We were named a top “value-added” university by Brookings Institution (2017) for a reason. We’ve reduced tuition for undergraduate and select graduate programs to make your degree more affordable and increase your ROI.


2020–2021 Tuition at NLU

Undergraduate Rates

Graduate Rates

Financial Aid at NLU


Hear from an expert

There are a lot of misconceptions around financial aid. Brigid Callahan with NLU Student Finances clears up one of them.

Questions about financial aid? Let’s talk about your options.

We are happy to answer your questions and provide additional support throughout your educational journey. Call or email to connect with our admissions team.


Financial aid can help make your NLU Degree of Difference more affordable

We recognize that continuing your education is a significant investment of your time and money, which is why NLU provides several options for financial aid. Explore potential financial aid options below; then connect with us to find out what you may qualify for.

The financial aid process all starts with completing and submitting your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will determine which forms of aid you are eligible for, including:

  • Grants such as the Pell Grant or the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG); or
  • Loans such as federal subsidized and unsubsidized student loans offered through the U.S. Department of Education.

Note: Undergraduate and graduate students have different types of aid available to them. Contact us for details.

Quick Tip: What’s the fastest way to find out which aid programs you qualify for? Complete and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of each year. The federal school code for NLU is 001733.

Call us to know how to start: 888.658.8632

The state of Illinois offers financial aid options to Illinois residents who have completed and submitted their Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If eligible, you can receive aid in the form of:

  • Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship: Awarded to eligible, academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschools, elementary and secondary schools.

Note: Undergraduate and graduate students have different types of aid available to them. Contact us for details.

Quick Tip: Don’t live in Illinois? Many states offer higher education scholarships to their residents. Ask an NLU enrollment specialist how you can find out what you’re eligible for in your home state.

Call us form more details on state funding: 888.658.8632

You’ve served your country; now let us serve you. NLU has a long history of accommodating veterans, active duty, Reserve and National Guard service members and their families.

  • 25% tuition discount for active duty service members
  • 15% tuition discount for veterans, Reserve, National Guard and eligible family members
  • Military-specific support through our office of Military and Veterans Services

Quick Tip: An enrollment specialist can put you in contact with a financial aid expert who will help you fill out the military service form to apply for the discount.

Call us with your military benefits questions: 888.658.8632

NLU offers several scholarship opportunities for new, existing and transfer students, including:

  • Louis Scholarship
  • Baker Scholarship
  • D214 National Louis Scholarship
  • Alumni Scholarship

Quick Tip: You don’t need to apply separately for these scholarships. They are automatically awarded based on the information in your admissions application and on the FAFSA.

Call us to learn what you qualify for: 888.658.8632

NLU has agreements with the following to offer a 10% tuition discount to employees:

  • Autism Home Support Services
  • BOMA Chicago Building Owner’s Management Association
  • BOMA Suburban Building Owner’s Management Association
  • Catholic Charities
  • Caravel Autism Health, LLC
  • Child Career Centers
  • ComEd/Exelon
  • Don Moss & Associates
  • Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
  • EdAssist
  • El Valor
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
  • Illinois Association of Behavioral Health
  • Illinois Tollway
  • KGH Cosultaion & Treatment
  • Lisle Chamber of Commerce
  • Love First Christian Center
  • Lutheran Life Communities (The Lutheran Home)
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • NLEI (National Latino Education Institute)
  • Northrop Grumman
  • North Shore Pediatric Therapy
  • Optum RX
  • Progressive Careers & Housing
  • SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management)
  • Subway
  • Tazwell Woodford Head Start Business/Culinary/Hospitality
  • Tazwell Woodford Head Start ECE/ECP
  • Treatment Alternative for Safe Comunities (TSAC)
  • Trinity Services, Inc
  • Total Spectrum
  • UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago
  • United Airlines
  • UPS
  • Wheeling Chamber of Commerce
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Quick Tip: Also ask if your employer has a tuition reimbursement program to lower your out-of-pocket costs even further.

Call us for more details: 888.658.8632

You can afford an NLU education

We’ll work with you to make sure earning your difference-making degree is not only affordable, but can also fit into your busy schedule.

It’s really a group effort to make sure the student is not only ready and able to pay for school but to be successful in their classes.

- Brigid Callahan
Executive Director of Student Finances

The enrollment specialists at NLU are here to help you!.

Questions about your next steps with financial aid? We’re happy to walk you through them. Our enrollment specialists help hundreds of NLU students each year make informed financial decisions about their education. Give us a call and share your questions: .