Annual costs for upperclass students participating in co-op vary depending on their pattern of attendance. See “Patterns of Attendance” section below. The number of semesters a transfer student spends in school depends on the curriculum of the student’s college. You are advised to verify your curriculum with your academic advisor so that you may plan accordingly.

Total Estimated Costs

The total, estimated costs for students living in university housing and enrolled in the 17-meal plan for the 2022–2023 academic year are as follows:

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees Per Full Semester Per Summer Half Semester
Tuition $29,550 $14,775
Student Center Fee $70 $35
Student Activity Fee $148
Campus Recreation Fee $60 $35
Undergraduate Student Fee $310

 Room, Board, and Fees per Semester

Tuition and Fees Per Full Semester Per Summer Half Semester
Residential Student Fee $32 $16
Housing Rates begin at $5,1251 Approximately 1/2 of semester rate1
17-Meal Plan2 $4,090 $2,045

Rates vary depending on occupancy and assignment. Visit the Housing and Residential Life website for a detailed list of housing rates.


 See Dining Services below for additional meal plan options.

Undergraduate day students who take a graduate course as part of their undergraduate program will be charged the same rates that apply to undergraduate credits. (See “Overload Policy” and “Reduced Load Policies.”)

In addition to the expenses itemized above, families should plan on the normal costs of living that students incur for transportation, books, and personal expenses. While these expenses may vary, for the purpose of approximating a student budget, the university estimates these items at $2,800 per year.

Tuition rates, room and board charges, and fees are subject to revision by the Northeastern University Board of Trustees at any time.

Patterns of Attendance

To better plan for tuition and fees, students and parents should be aware that:

  1. Tuition is charged when a student is taking classes/earning academic credit. Tuition is not charged for co-op; however, the student will pay room and board if they stay in a university residence hall while on co-op and will be assessed tuition if enrolled in a class.
  2. Financial aid will be distributed to match the student’s academic program and tuition bills.

Northeastern’s calendar enables students to participate in six-month co-op assignments. Each academic year has two full semesters (fall semester, September–December, and spring semester, January–April) and two half semesters of about seven weeks each (summer 1, May–June, and summer 2, July–August). The six-month co-op assignments generally span either the spring plus summer 1 terms or the summer 2 plus fall terms.

The co-op schedule is flexible, but generally, students alternate periods in class with periods on co-op. All students are required to complete their program in the classroom, rather than on a co-op assignment, so their last semester will be in the classroom. For specific patterns of attendance for particular majors, consult the program plan for that major.

Fees Required of All Students

The following fees are required of all students:

Application Fee

A nonrefundable fee of $75 must accompany an application for admission.

Enrollment Deposits

A nonrefundable enrollment deposit, which is applicable toward the first semester’s bill, must be paid by the due date indicated in the Application Status Check in order to reserve a place at Northeastern. This secures your enrollment and transition activities.

If you are an international student, your enrollment deposit includes a $350 International Student Fee. This fee supports programs and services provided by the Office of Global Services on campus.

Undergraduate Student Fee

The mandatory undergraduate student fee supports enrollment-related services throughout the student’s first year, including new student orientation and welcome week activities. Beyond the first year, the fee supports enrollment services and costs related to ongoing communication to students and parents. The undergraduate student fee, in the amount of $310 per full semester, is assessed each in-class or study-abroad term for undergraduate students. During the summer half semester, the fee is prorated.

Student Fees

Students pay a student center fee of $70 per in-school full semester or $35 per in-school summer half semester. This fee supports the Curry Student Center. An annual student activity fee of $148 is charged to support student clubs.

Campus Recreation Fee

All undergraduate students at Northeastern will be assessed a campus recreation fee of $60 per in-school full semester or $35 per in-school summer half semester. This fee covers admission to home athletic events, use of the Marino Fitness Center, the SquashBusters athletic facility, and the Cabot Gym (fitness and pool). This fee will also support the future construction of athletic fields and facilities.

Husky Card (Photo-Identification Card)

This card is issued to new students at orientation and registration. Students must have a valid Husky Card to use at most university facilities. A replacement card costs $25.

Northeastern University Student Health Plan (NUSHP)

General Information

Since September 1989, Massachusetts law (M.G.L. c.15A, § 18) has required every full-time and part-time student enrolled in a certificate, diploma, or degree-granting program in a Massachusetts institution of higher learning to participate in a Student Health Plan or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage.

The Student Health Plan defines a full-time student as having full-time student status and enrolled in any amount of credits of a full-time curriculum.

The Student Health Plan defines a part-time student as having part-time student status and enrolled in at least 75% of credits of the full-time curriculum (CPS undergraduate students—9 credits, CPS graduate students—6 credits).

The health fee is assessed each term on a student’s account based on these definitions unless the student has previously waived the health plan fee in the current academic year.

Students on co-op or on study abroad are considered active students and will be enrolled in and billed for NUSHP each year.

Students enrolled in online programs are not eligible for NUSHP. Courses that would normally be held in the classroom and are currently being offered online or remotely due to COVID-19 are considered in-classroom courses and may make students eligible for and assessed the NUSHP fee.

Health Insurance Waiver

Eligible students are automatically enrolled in NUSHP each academic year and may waive NUSHP via the Student Hub once they have been billed for NUSHP. In addition, to be eligible to waive, comparable coverage must be effective from the beginning of the term the student meets Student Health Program requirements.

The burden of proof that the alternative insurance is adequate falls upon the student choosing to waive. By submitting the waiver form, the student will be accepting responsibility for all medical expenses incurred, and neither Northeastern University nor its Student Health Plan will be responsible for these expenses.

Northeastern reserves the right to verify that the student’s insurance meets the criteria indicated. Disciplinary action may be taken if a student knowingly waives NUSHP without comparable coverage.

Visit the NUSHP website for waiver deadlines.

Additional Fees

Other fees may include the following:

Housing Application/Deposit

New students must submit a nonrefundable $600 enrollment deposit along with a completed housing application form to complete the housing application process. University housing is required for all first- and second-year students entering as new students through fall admission or the Program. The upperclass housing deposit is $200 for each full semester and for each summer half semester.

Residence Hall Activities Fee

All students living in the residence hall system pay a full-semester $32 fee or half-semester $16 fee for activities sponsored by the Residence Student Association.

Late Fees

Late fees can be placed on accounts any time after the due date, if the account remains fully or partially unpaid. The university typically waits, however, until after the conclusion of the add/drop period, for the specified semester, prior to assessment of late fees. These fees are based on the amount past due at the time of assessment and can range from $75 to $200. Late fees are assessed once per semester.

If a student or payer wishes to dispute a late fee assessment, they must do so, in writing, to Please be sure to include the student’s name, Northeastern ID, and reason for the dispute in the email.

International Student Fee

A onetime fee of $350 is charged to new undergraduate international students. The fee supports programs and services available at the Office of Global Services.

Room and Board

Room Rates per Semester

Visit the Housing and Residential Life website for a complete display of room rates and residence halls.

Students are billed at the beginning of each term and must pay the full charge for the term in accordance with Student Financial Services policy.

The high demand for university housing makes it necessary for Housing and Residential Life to enforce its termination and cancellation policies strictly.

Termination Charge and Room Rate Adjustments

A student whose License Agreement is revoked due to a separation from the university is subject to the Termination Charge Policy and the financial assessments outlined below. All housing deposits on file will be forfeited. Students who are suspended or expelled from the university, or on a medical leave of absence or withdrawn from the university, will have their current and any active future License Agreements, as well as any housing applications, revoked. Upon reentry to the university, the student must reapply for housing and will be considered for housing accordingly, based upon eligibility and availability.

Students who withdraw from the university will have their meal plan charges prorated to the end of the week they complete the University Withdrawal form in the Office of the Registrar. Students must also remove all belongings from university housing and check out properly with Housing and Residential Life in order to be credited, if applicable. 

Termination CHARGE Policy

Fall and Spring Semesters
Official Withdrawal from University Room Charge Credited
Week 1 100%1
Week 2 90%1
Week 3 80%1
Week 4 60%1
Week 5 40%1
After week 52 0%2

 This credit may be prorated based on the daily charges of time used.


 Students withdrawing after week 5 incur a 100% room charge for the term.

Summer Half Semesters
Official Withdrawal from University Room Charge Credited
Week 1 100%1
Week 2 75%1
Week 3 50%1
Week 4 25%1
After week 42 0%2

 This credit may be prorated based on the daily charges of time used.


 Students withdrawing after week 4 incur a 100% room charge for the term.


Cancellation charges apply if a student cancels or withdraws from a housing arrangement after the housing has been secured, as set forth in the tables below. Only students who are not required to live in university housing are permitted to cancel; first- and second-year students are required to live in university housing. Students who cancel because of co-op outside of the Boston area, study abroad, or a medical leave of absence can cancel housing without cancellation charges, subject to providing acceptable written verification; housing charges for time of occupancy may apply. If the cancellation deadline has passed, students who can demonstrate a significant change in academic, co-op, or financial circumstances may petition for a waiver of this charge. See the following cancellation charge schedule:

Amount Charged For Fall Semester For Spring Semester For Summer 1 For Summer 2
Deposit refunded; no charge Before 5/15/22 Before 10/1/22 Before 3/15/23 Before 4/15/23
$1,000 ($500 half summer)charge1 After 5/15/22 After 10/1/22 After 4/15/23
$2,000 ($1,000 half summer) charge1 After 6/15/22 After 10/15/22 After 3/15/23 After 4/30/23
$3,000 ($1,500 half summer) charge1 After 7/15/22 After 11/1/22 After 4/1/23 After 5/15/23
100% of term room charge1 After 8/1/22 After 12/1/22 After 4/15/23 After 5/29/23

The student's deposit for the term is applied to the cancellation charge assessed.

NU Dining Services

All students residing in traditional or suite-style university accommodations are required to participate in a traditional meal plan operated by NU Dining Services.  

First-Year Students residing in traditional or suite-style university accommodations (without a kitchen) during their first two semesters are automatically assigned to the 17-Meal Plan. They have the option of enhancing to the Unlimited Plan or reducing to the 12-Meal Plan before the scheduled deadline.

First-Year Students residing in university apartments (with kitchen facilities) will be automatically assigned to the 12-Meal Plan. They have the option of enhancing to the Unlimited Plan or 17-Meal Plan or reducing to the 7-Meal Plan before the scheduled deadline.

Non-First-Year Students residing in traditional or suite-style university accommodations (without a kitchen) will be automatically assigned to the 17-Meal Plan. They have the option of enhancing to the Unlimited Plan or reducing to the 12-Meal Plan or the 7-Meal Plan before the scheduled deadline.

Non-First-Year Students residing in university apartments are not automatically assigned a meal plan. They have the option to enroll in a meal plan of their choice if so desired.

* Students have until the second Friday of the semester to make any meal plan changes or to enroll in a meal plan via the Student Hub. Deadlines apply. Visit the Husky Card website for details.

For information about menus, dining locations, and hours of service, please visit NU Dining Services.

The traditional meal plan rates for 2022–2023 are shown below. For more information about meal plan rates, visit the Tuition and Fees webpage.

Meals per Week Full Semester Summer Half Semester
Unlimited $4,405 $2,203
17 $4,090 $2,045
12 $3,565 $1,783
7 $2,412 $1,206

Profiler Meal Plans

The Profiler Meal Plan is a block of meals that are provided in lump sum and can be used at the student’s discretion. Profiler options are available to all students. However, these plans cannot take the place of a required, traditional meal plan and are nonrefundable.

Profiler Meal Plans end in August at the end of summer 2 semester. Students are advised to pay close attention to the end dates, as unused meals do not roll over and will not be refunded. Please visit NU Dining Services for the most up-to-date information as 2022–2023 dates and dining locations are to be determined.  

Note: Dining locations are limited during the summer and during intersession breaks.

The Profiler rates for 2022–2023 are shown below. For updated rates, visit the Tuition and Fees webpage.

Meals Cost
25 $490
50 $950
86 $1,605
110 $2,018

Profiler plans are nonrefundable and cannot be modified.

Husky Dollars

Students can deposit funds into a Husky Dollar account and access these funds using their Husky Card at many restaurants and retail locations on and off campus, including the university’s bookstore.