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Northwest Missouri State University

Tuition and Fees Information


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General Financial Information

Statements concerning fees are announcements and not to be regarded as offers to contract. The University reserves the right to change fees and other charges and refund schedules at any time by published notice before the opening of any semester.

Courses taken for audit or courses taken for no-credit will be counted at their normal credit value in computing the amount of fees to be paid.

It is the student’s responsibility to pay fees and any other financial obligations to the University as they become due. The non-payment of any financial obligation may result in the administrative withdrawal of the student or in legal action (at the University’s option). Students will be responsible for all cost of collection if referred to an outside contractor or legal firm. Records, future enrollment, and charging privileges will be blocked for failure to meet payment deadlines.

If the University removes a student from the class rolls for any reason, charges will be reduced according to the published schedules. Such removal will not forgive any amounts due to the University and records will be held and re-enrollment blocked until all obligations are cleared.

It is the student’s responsibility to have his or her current addresses on file with the Registrar’s Office.

The appeal body for most financial matters is the Student Financial Appeals Committee. Petitions are available at the Student Services Center.

Residency for Fee Purposes

A student’s residency status for fee purposes is determined at the time of admission according to the policy recommended by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Copies of the residency policy and petitions for change of residency status are available on request from the Office of Admissions. Petitions must be submitted to the Office of Admissions before classes begin for the semester for which the change is desired.

The nonresident fee may be credited in an amount equal to the actual Missouri income tax paid by the nonresident student or custodial parent for the previous calendar year. Students covered by this policy remain classified as nonresidents and must submit the Missouri income tax return to Bursar’s/Cashiering Office to receive this credit.


Preregistered students are expected to pay by August 15 for the Fall semester, January 15 for the Spring semester and May 15 for the Summer semester. Students who enroll after those dates, including at general registration, are expected to pay upon enrollment. They will not receive a bill before the first payment is due. Payment deferments do not exempt the student from a finance charge. Students will be expected to apply payroll checks to amounts past due.

Installment Plan

If the student’s account cannot be paid in full, Northwest offers an installment plan. If a student chooses to pay by installments, a finance charge will be assessed on the remaining unpaid billed amount. Payment due dates for the fall are the 15th of August, September, October and November. Spring payment dates are the 15th of January, February, March and April.

Billing Policy – Email

The first bill for each semester will be mailed to the student’s permanent address if the student was preregistered. All subsequent bills will be emailed to the student’s University email account. If the student is not responsible for payment, an additional email can be sent. The student must complete the “2nd billing email” address in their CatPAWS account from the Personal Information Tab.

Financial Assistance

  • Funds will be credited to a student’s account after the student agrees to the conditions of the award and accepts the award offer (through student’s CatPAWS account), and completion of entrance counseling and a promissory note for loans. Awards are based on fulltime enrollment; however, some federal funds are prorated for less than fulltime enrollment.
  • Refunds will be processed after the free drop/add period and available the second week of classes if the student has signed up for direct deposit.
  • First-time student loan borrowers at Northwest must complete entrance counseling before loan funds can be credited to their accounts.
  • Loans made for an academic year (fall/spring) are required to be disbursed in two equal payments.
  • Students intending to work on campus need to complete the required employment forms with the Student Employment Office.
  • All awards except Federal Work-study are applied to the student’s account. Federal Work-study must be earned before a payroll check is generated.

Graduate Assistant/Fee Reduction/Work Related Scholarship

The fee reduction is prorated if the student is not employed for the full Fall or Spring semester. Contracts for Summer are based on each separate session.

Change of Schedule/Contract

Students are required to make payment at the Bursar’s/Cashiering Office immediately after processing added classes or any change of room/board contract which increases the cost. Failure to do so could result in being assessed a finance charge and/or prevent students from charging performing arts tickets and purchases at the Bookstore.