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Tuition & Cost Estimates
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Tuition and Cost Estimates

This information is provided to assist you in estimating your monthly budget and managing your available financial resources (e.g., employment earnings, financial aid and assistance from family members) for the academic year. You should refer to the base expense budget for one term below when estimating your expenses.

Tuition for Doctoral & Master’s Degrees

Degree ProgramTuition and FeesBooks and SuppliesAverage Cost Per Trimester
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)$15,150$500$15,650
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND)$15,150 $500$15,650
Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc)$15,150 $500$15,650
Doctor of Acupuncture (Online) (DAc-C)$5,454$500$5,954
Master of Acupuncture (MAc)$9,810$500$10,310
Master of Acupuncture in Herbal Medicine (MAc-HM)$9,810$500$10,310
Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS)$7,546$500$8,046

The DC program is a 10-trimester program with 248 total credits at $606 per credit hour.
The ND program is a 10-trimester program with 251 total credits at $606 per credit hour.
The DAc program is an 8-trimester program with 134 total credits at $606 per credit hour.
The DAc-C program is a 3-trimester program with 27 total credits at $606 per credit hour.
The MAc program is a 6-trimester program with 107 total credits at $545 per credit hour.
The MAc-HM program is an 8-trimester program with 149 total credits. at $545 per credit hour.
The MSMS program is a 3-semester program with 42 total credits at $539 per credit hour  and a software fee of $200 and technology fee of $58 per semester.
Diagnostic Kit of $1,283 (estimated) is a one-time charge your first trimester only. For DC-FL and other program Diagnostic Kit fees, please see the NUHS Bulletin.

Note: Individual courses may have additional fees; consult the current NUHS Bulletin for program costs.

Tuition for Undergraduate Programs

ProgramTuition and FeesBooks and SuppliesAverage Cost Per Trimester
Bachelor of Science Program$7,376$400$7,776
Prerequisite ProgramVaries per credit hours taken$400Varies per credit hours taken

The BS and Prerequisite programs are based on $461 per credit hour.
The BS program assumes students come in with 60 credits—needing 64 credits of the 124 required. Tuition is based on an average of 16 credits taken per trimester.
Students entering the Pre-requisite Program need to consult with their advisor, as required prerequisites and credits vary per individual.

Note: Individual courses may have additional fees; consult the current NUHS Bulletin for program costs.

Prerequisite Program Discount: Students in the Prerequisite Program who have applied to the DC or ND degree program receive a 50% tuition discount for courses required for admission. Tuition discounts are applied after the first week.

On-campus and off-campus housing is available in Illinois. Discover housing options to estimate your full cost.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financing your education at National University may be easier than you think. Most of our students qualify for student loans and assistance. In fact, close to 80% of our students rely on some form of financial aid.

How Budgets are Calculated

Incoming student budgets are initially created assuming full-time enrollment in the program, as listed in the NUHS Bulletin. The award letter lists the amount of aid the applicant is eligible to receive for the academic period. Depending on the initial term of enrollment, aid is offered over one, two or three trimesters. For example, a student beginning in the fall trimester will receive an award letter containing aid for three terms; whereas, for a student beginning in summer, the award letter would only list one trimester, as the fall begins a new financial aid year.

Living Allowance

In addition to budgeted amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies, additional funds for Living Allowances are provided in the financial aid award. The Living Allowance is a fixed amount per trimester based on an average cost depending on the living situation of the applicant. This includes allowances for rent, utilities, food, transportation, and personal expenses. Financial aid funds are to be used solely for educational expenses. In no circumstances will non-educational expenses be included in the cost of attendance. These expenses include items such as car payments, credit card payments, recreation, higher than normal rent/mortgage, spousal insurance, moving expenses, and security deposits.

It is important for an applicant to establish his or her personal budget within the standard allowance limits. The ability for an applicant to obtain the full amount of the living allowance is generally based on his or her willingness and ability to borrow from credit-based loan programs.