Affordability

One of the more compelling reasons to consider continuing your education at the Northwest University at Salem is affordability. NU at Salem is the most affordable Christian university in the state of Oregon. Not only will you receive an academically excellent education here, you'll do so without negatively impacting your personal finances for many years to come.

What do we mean by affordable? The estimates below will help to give you an idea of our costs.

For a full-time student (15 credits) living off-campus the cost is $11,970.

Tuition at $399 per credit hour.

By comparison, the average tuition at Christian universities in Oregon is $1,048 per credit hour. That's a difference of over $20,000 per year.

Bottom Line: NU at Salem offers a superior value to its students and no other Christian university in Oregon is a close second.

Keep in mind the above estimates are the most you will pay for your education at NU at Salem. Through financial aid (i.e. grants, scholarships, etc.) you may pay significantly less. Because our tuition has been so significantly reduced, NU at Salem doesn't offer direct scholarships. But your home church may provide them. Additional sources for scholarships include your high school, community groups, etc.

Affordability is important for more reasons than just saving money. When you graduate and are encumbered with major loan debt, it limits your options. With a lighter debt burden, graduates of NU at Salem are more able to pursue opportunities to follow their call to ministry where others cannot. According to CNN/Money the average student loan debt is $27,000. In many cases, the debt is significantly higher. It stands to reason: If someone has a monthly loan payment of $300 each month, there may be certain opportunities and positions that they simply can't afford to consider.

Because of our affordability, graduates of NU at Salem are able to obtain a quality education without taking on loans that are overly burdensome. You may have to obtain some loans (depending on your financial situation), but because of our affordability, it won't be to the same level that you'd experience at other institutions.

Even though NU at Salem is the most affordable Christian university in Oregon, you may still feel that it will present a financial challenge. If this is the case, we encourage you to go through the application process. You may be surprised at the financial aid you qualify for. The best way to find out is to apply.

If you're a military veteran NU at Salem is a great place for you. Thanks to programs like the GI Bill, you may discover that there will be no out-of-pocket costs to you at all.

Here is a detailed description of tuition and fees.