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Information for New Students from the Student Finance Office

Modified: September 15, 2017

Student Finance wants to make sure you are aware of a very important matter: your tuition and fees bill for the fall term.

You may also read these instructions online, where you will see a menu of important Billing and Payment topics.

When your bill is available for viewing online, you will receive an email at your official Northwestern email address. Depending on your personal situation, whether you are living in campus housing and when you register, you may receive your first monthly Northwestern bill on October 11. They recommend that you act now, before you are billed, to set your billing preferences and authorize any additional payers for your account. Please note: you and your guest payer(s) have the option of making payments either online or by mail regardless of the billing delivery method you select.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Your CAESAR Login

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is now active on CAESAR, Northwestern’s secure gateway to online student services. See FAQs and the MFA Quick Guide for registering your phone on the Multi-Factor Authentication page.

Tuition Billing Methods

Northwestern’s preferred bill delivery method is eBilling via QuikPAY®. However, you may request that your bill be printed and sent via regular mail by changing your “User Preferences” in QuikPAY®. If you select paper billing, the bill will be mailed to the permanent address listed in CAESAR under Home  >  Personal Profile More  >  My Addresses. Please verify that your billing address is correct and make any necessary changes to your user preferences by October 8, to meet the deadline for the October billing cycle.

Your bill for the fall term will be available online on October 11 in QuikPAY®, Northwestern’s eBill & ePay service. Access QuikPAY® via CAESAR. Navigate to CAESAR  >  Home  >  View or Pay Tuition Bill (Monthly Snapshot).

In QuikPAY®, students or guests can view their tuition bills and bill history, make secure electronic payments from bank accounts located in the U.S., and see a history of their ePayments. They will receive (by email) notification whenever a new bill generates and confirmation of each payment they make. Although tuition is billed each term, charges from other offices at the university (e.g., University Housing, parking & library fines) may be billed to the Student Account at any time. An invoice may generate as often as once a month if there is a balance other than zero on the account or if there has been any activity on the account since the prior billing cycle.

See About Your Bill for more details.

Guest Access for Parents/Others

Students may give permission to their guests (parents or other individuals) to view selected areas of their student record by adding them to the Guest Center of CAESAR. View instructions for authorizing guests on the Guest Access page.

  • Make Deposit for Housing/Tuition (non-refundable): confirms that a newly admitted student applicant intends to attend classes and/or reside in university housing; this credit applies toward the respective tuition and/or housing charge, and is only used before receiving a monthly tuition bill
  • View or Pay Tuition Bill (Monthly Snapshot): view the monthly tuition bill and make secure online payments
  • View My Account (Real‑time, Daily Activity): see daily account updates
  • Apply for 9PAY & Make 9PAY Payments: tuition & fees monthly installment plan
  • Access the 1098-T: view or print the 1098-T statement

Important Dates

  • October 8, for those who opted for paper billing: Deadline for address corrections to be included in the October billing cycle
  • October 11: Fall term eBills available online
  • November 1: Fall term payment due; allow 2 business days for electronic payments via CAESAR or 5 business days for mailed payments

See Payment Due Dates for more important dates.

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