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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 for students admitted prior to February 25, 2021
  • March 8, 2021 for students admitted between February 25 and March 1, 2021
  • Within 5 days of admission for students admitted after March 1, 2021.

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 MD Entering University Aid Application is available online here. 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 2019 federal tax return for the student applicant.
    • A copy of the 2019 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 age 26 and older are not required to provide parental information on the university aid application.
  • Students under the age of 26 (or who will not be 26 by August 1, 2021) 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, 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.

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 three.

3. Submit Student Income Information

  • If you filed an Income Tax return for 2019, submit signed copies of your full (all schedules included) 2019 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms. If you have not yet filed your 2019 Federal Income Tax return download and complete the 2021-22 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form.
    • Please also submit a copy of your 2018 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms along with the Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form.
    • 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 Information

  • Students under the age of 26 (or who will not be 26 by August 1, 2021) must provide:

  • 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, download and complete the 2021-22 Verification of Parent's Income form
    • Please submit a copy of their 2018 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms along with the Verification of Parent's Income form.
  •  Students age 26 or older on or before August 1, 2021 are not required to submit this information.

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
Fax: 312-503-8700
Email: financial-aid-chicago@northwestern.edu
Phone: 312-503-8722

Financial Aid Offer will be sent to Northwestern email accounts on a rolling basis via email starting late-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 check the status of your application.