Debate – Tuition and Fees


Tuition for the Debate Division residential programs covers: all programming, room & board in University housing, three meals daily in the dining hall, health services (not insurance), field trips, and group events.

2020 Policy Debate Residential Programs:

7-Week Policy Debate Residential Program: June 26 – August 8, 2020 for $6,600

4-Week Policy Debate Residential Program: June 26 – July 25, 2020 for $5,250

1-Week Policy Debate Residential Program: July 26 – August 1, 2020 for $1,500


Commuter Option for local residents

7-Week Policy Debate Commuter Program: June 27 – August 7, 2020 for $5,400

4-Week Policy Debate Commuter Program: June 27 – July 24, 2020 for $4,000

Need-based Scholarships and Financial Aid are available for the 4- & 7-week Policy Debate (residential and commuter) programs.


Once You Have Been Accepted

Upon acceptance, a $700 non-refundable tuition deposit will be required within 10 business days in order to reserve your spot in the Debate Institute.

If you are applying for Financial Aid from the NHSI you will not be required to make a deposit until you have been notified of your aid award.


The Northwestern environment provided me with lessons as well. I was able to meet other students from a variety of different backgrounds, and gained connections that I still keep in contact with. I was able to learn a lot about independence and responsibility because I had to live in a college setting.”


Other Fees

  • There is a $50 application fee
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the Institute
  • Optional spending money for the occasional meal off campus, souvenirs, etc.



Debate Division  –  Application Information and Deadlines  –  Tuition and Fees  –  Scholarships and Financial Aid  –  FAQ’s
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