Cost & Financial Aid

Participating in CFS during the fall, winter, or spring quarter will cost the same tuition as a normal quarter at Northwestern during the academic year and is covered by financial aid.

Summer tuition is charged per unit of credit and is typically not covered by financial aid; for details, see Summer with CFS and the Northwestern Summer Session web site.

Many CFS internships are unpaid, and CFS students will have little time to work for pay at additional jobs during the CFS quarter. Students receiving work-study allocations may wish to meet with a counselor in the Financial Aid Office to request that the allocation be replaced with additional loan assistance.

Most students buy their lunch close to their internship sites. This usually costs between $8-$10 a day. CFS students on meal plans may be eligible for a meal plan exemption, since they will be away from their dorms for a number of meals each week. For information, see the Resident Meal Plan web site and look for the “Meal Plan Change/Request” form.

Students should expect transportation costs into the city to be $200-$400 if they are taking either the CTA or METRA to their internship. Sometimes students are able to take the Northwestern Intercampus Shuttle and walk to their internship location.

CFS students with financial need are able to apply for an award from the CFS Scholarship Funds to aid them in covering costs such as transportation, meals, and lost work-study or job income.