Who Is Eligible
U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents who enroll at least halftime are eligible to apply for federal student loan assistance.
When to Apply
Priority applications will be due March 1. Award notices are sent out on a rolling basis via email starting on March 15.
How to Apply
1. Complete the FAFSA electronically
Use school code 001739. Northwestern University school-specific codes beginning with an "E", should not be used. Approximately two weeks after the application is processed, you will receive a student aid report (SAR). Resolve any incorrect information via the FAFSA website. If you do not receive your SAR within four weeks, please call 800-433-3243.
2. Complete the Incoming MD University Aid Application.
The application can take up to 30 minutes to complete and must be completed in a single session. You will not be able to save and return to the application after starting it. If you do not wish to be considered for need-based grants, please stop here and email Cynthia Gonzalez for specific instructions.
Complete the parent sections if you are considered as NU Dependent. Students petitioning dependency status should not complete the application until they have received confirmation that their appeal for independent status has been reviewed and approved by the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.
3A. Submit 2018-19 Verification of Student Income Worksheet (leave the student ID number field blank)
If you filed an Income Tax return for 2016, submit signed copies of your 2016 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
3B. Submit your taxes.
If you have not yet filed your 2016 Federal Income Tax return, please submit a copy of your 2015 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms along with the Verification of Student Income form).
If you will be married by October 2018, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2016 Federal Income Tax return.
4A. If you are NU Dependent, Submit 2018-19 Verification of Parents' Income Worksheet (leave the student ID number field blank)
4B. Submit your parents' taxes.
If you are NU Dependent, submit signed copies of your parents’ 2016 federal income tax return and W-2 forms, if applicable.
If your parents have not yet filed their 2016 return, please have them submit a signed copy of their 2015 return and W-2s. This may allow the Office of Financial Aid to provide you with a provisional financial aid award.
If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after Sept. 1, 2014, submit financial information for both parents; if they were divorced before that date, submit information for your custodial parent only. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's information as well.
Where to Send Materials
Steps 1 and 2 are remitted electronically. Steps 3 and 4 should be submitted to the Chicago Financial Aid Office by mail, fax or email. If you email tax returns, please black out the first five digits of your social security number.
Mail: Northwestern University
Office of Financial Aid
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Room #629
Chicago, IL 60611-3078
Award notices will be sent out on a rolling basis via email starting on March 15, 2018, to those who submitted all required materials by March 1, 2018.