Aid for Admitted Students
Admitted students may be eligible for institutional need-based grant funding and/or student loans. Those who complete the required application materials by the deadline will be considered. All students admitted to the MD program are automatically considered for merit scholarships; no application is required.
When to Apply
All financial aid application materials must be submitted by March 1, 2021 (or, if admitted after this date, within five days of admission).
How to Apply (Domestic Students)
1. Complete FAFSA
- Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA using code 001739 (any other 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 Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243.
2. Complete Incoming MD University Aid Application
- The Incoming MD University Aid 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 2019 federal tax return for the student applicant, a copy of the 2019 federal tax return for the applicant’s parent(s) and 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 Aug. 1, 2021) must provide parental information if they wish to be considered for institutional need-based grants. If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after Sept. 1, 2017, 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.
- Exceptions to requirements for parental information are:
- 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 extremely rare.
The MD Entering 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 federal student loans and/or merit-based scholarship funding through the Admissions Office, then you only need to complete the FAFSA (unless you’re an international applicant) along with the Chicago Office of Financial Aid's short-form University Aid Application. The short-form University Aid Application is different from the more in-depth MD Entering University Aid Application noted above. In this case, please email Cynthia Gonzalez at email@example.com to request that our short-form University Aid Application be emailed to you.
International students are not required to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the MD Entering University Aid Application and submit the supplemental documentation outlined in step 3.
3. Submit Student Income Information
- If you filed an Income Tax return for 2019, submit signed copies of your 2019 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
- If you have not yet filed your 2019 Federal Income Tax return, complete and submit the 2021-22 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form AND submit a copy of your 2018 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms
- If you will be married by October 2021, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2019 Federal Income Tax return.
4. Submit Parent Income Informaiton
If you are required to submit parent information based on the criteria above, you must submit the following income information:
- Submit signed copies of your parents' 2019 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
- If your parents have not yet filed their 2019 Federal Income Tax return, complete and submit the 2021-22 Verification of Parent's Income form AND submit a copy of their 2018 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms along with the Verification of Parent's Income form.
NU Dependents with divorced parents may need to submit additional tax returns:
- If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2017, submit tax returns for both parents.
- If your parents were divorced before September 1, 2017 submit a tax return for your custodial parent only. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's tax return 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 uploading through the secure upload process. You also have the option to 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
Financial Aid Offer will be sent to Northwestern email accounts on a rolling basis via email starting mid-March to those who submitted all required materials by the deadline.
Verify financial aid application materials have been received: Once you have your NetID, you can navigate to: CAESAR > Student Homepage > Financial Aid tile > To Do List.