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Important Northwestern Billing Information for New Students

Created: September 26, 2018

Welcome to Northwestern University and best wishes for a great year! 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. We 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 Student Homepage  >  Profile tile  >  Addresses in the left navigation menu. If the left navigation menu is not shown, click the icon with two vertical bars to open it. Please verify that your billing address is correct and make any necessary changes to your user preferences by or 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. Go to CAESAR Homepage  >  My Account tile  >  View or Pay Monthly Bill in the left navigation menu.

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.

Guest menu items available include:

  • View or Pay Monthly Bill: view the monthly tuition bill and make secure online payments
  • View My Real‑Time Account: see daily account updates
  • Apply for 9PAY & Make 9PAY Payments: tuition & fees monthly installment plan
  • 1098-T: view or print the 1098-T statement

Guests will receive their GuestID via e-mail, but you must communicate the case-sensitive password to them.

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.

Contact Us
Contact Student Finance at studentaccounts-ev@northwestern.edu or (847) 491-5224; or studentaccounts-chicago@northwestern.edu or (312) 503-8503. 

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