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Aid for Admitted International Students

Students who submit their application materials after the deadline will be considered for financial aid but may not qualify for all financial aid programs based on the availability of funds. Bear in mind that students who are interested in obtaining a private student loan must typically have a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner on the loan.

Deadline

All financial aid application materials must be submitted by March 1, 2022 (or, if admitted after this date, within five days of admission).

Application steps

  1. Complete the MD Entering University Aid Application
  2. Submit additional items to our office
  3. Accept or decline your award package
  4. Complete the required documents as outlined in your financial aid notification email

1. Complete the MD Entering University Aid Application

Deadline: March 1, 2022

  • The MD Entering University Aid Application is available online. The application can take up to 30 minutes to complete. The application must be completed in a single session as you will not be able to save and return to the application after starting it.
  • To complete the application, you will need:
    • A copy of the 2020 federal tax return for the student applicant.
    • A copy of the 2020 federal tax return for the applicant’s parent(s)
    • Information about your assets and your parent(s) assets, including investments, businesses, homes, trusts, and vehicles
  • Students under the age of 26 (or who will not be 26 by August 1, 2022) must provide parental information if they wish to be considered for institutional need-based grants.
    • Exceptions to requirements for parental information: 
      • If you are married, and your spouse is NOT a student, you need only submit your and your spouse's information. If your spouse is a student, you will still need to submit your parents' information.
      • If you are active duty military or a veteran, you do not need to submit your parents' information.
      • All other exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Financial aid are are extremely rare.
    • Note: If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2018, 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.

 

The Incoming MD University Aid Application is used to assist in determining eligibility for institutional need-based grants. If you do not wish to be considered for institutional need-based grants but do wish to apply only for private student loan funding, you are not required to complete the MD Entering University Aid Application. Please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that our short-form University Aid Application be emailed to you.

2. Submit additional items to our office

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Student income information

  • Download and complete the 2022-23 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form
  • Submit signed copies of your 2020 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms (if you filed an Income Tax return in 2019). If you have not yet filed your 2020 Federal Income Tax return, please submit a copy of your 2019 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms (if you filed US Federal Taxes in 2019).
  • If you will be married by October 2022, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2020 tax forms.

OR

  • Submit signed copies of your country’s tax forms for the most recent tax year (if you had foreign income in 2020). If your country does not have an annual tax form, please submit a signed wage statement from your employer verifying income. All non-US tax forms and earnings documents require official translation into English and must be converted to U.S. Dollars.  If converted to U.S. dollars, the conversion rate must also be included.
  • If you will be married by October 2022, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2020 tax forms.

Parental income information

If you are required to submit parent information based on the criteria above, you must submit the following income information: 

  • Download and complete the 2022-23 Verification of Parent's Income form.
  • Submit signed copies of your parents’ national tax forms for the most recent tax year. If your country does not have an annual tax form, please submit a signed wage statement from your parents’ employer(s) verifying income. All tax or earnings documents require official translation into English and must be converted to U.S. Dollars. If converted to U.S. dollars, the conversion rate must also be included.

NU Dependents with divorced parents may need to submit additional tax returns:

  • If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2018 submit tax forms for both parents.
  • If your parents were divorced before September 1, 2018, submit a tax form for your custodial parent only. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's tax form as well.

3. Accept or decline your financial aid package via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive your financial aid notice email

Once all materials are submitted, Northwestern will determine your financial aid eligibility and financial aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.

The Chicago Office of Financial Aid releases preliminary financial aid packages by email on a rolling basis beginning in late March.

The Chicago Office of Financial Aid will release official financial aid packages to NU email accounts in early Summer. Once you receive notification that the official package is available in CAESAR, you must accept or decline your financial aid offer. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

4. Complete any required documents as outlined in your financial aid notification email

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive financial aid notice

You may be required to submit additional documentation. Information about this process will be included on your Financial Aid Notification email.