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See the categories below for the next steps on applying for aid. Browse our Sample Aid Packages page for more information, including how awards are calculated.

Admitted Students - Class of 2027

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 for available opportunities. All students admitted to the MD program are automatically considered for merit scholarships; therefore no application is required for merit scholarships. Students who submit their financial aid 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. 

Steps for Admitted Domestic Students

 When to Apply

All financial aid application materials must be submitted by:

Priority Deadline

  • December 15, 2022 for students admitted on or around December 1, 2022
  • March 10, 2023 for students admitted prior to March 3, 2023
  • Within 5 days of admission for students admitted after March 1, 2023

 How to Apply

1. Complete FAFSA

Complete the 2023-2024 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

Priority Deadline: Based on admission date listed above 

  • 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 2021 federal tax return for the student applicant.
    • A copy of the 2021 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, 2023 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 only need to submit you 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 and are extremely rare.
    • Note: If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2019, 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 3.
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, 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 contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that our short-form University Aid Application be made available to you via CAESAR.

3. Submit Student Income Information

  • If you filed an Income Tax return for 2021, submit signed copies of your 2021 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
  • If you have not yet filed your 2021 Federal Income Tax return download and complete the 2023-24 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form.
    • Please also submit a copy of your 2020 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 2023, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2021 Federal Income Tax return.

 

4. Submit Parent Income Information

Students under the age of 26 (or who will not be 26 by August 1, 2023) must provide:

  • Submit signed copies of your parents' 2021 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
  • If your parents have not yet filed their 2021 Federal Income Tax return, download and complete the 2023-24 Verification of Parents' Income form
  • Please submit a copy of their 2020 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, 2023 are not required to submit this information.

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

  • If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2019, submit tax returns for both parents.
  • If your parents were divorced before September 1, 2019 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. If you are newly admitted and have not received your Net ID and NU email address, you can use your AAMC ID and email used with admissions to submit your documents.  Please allow 3-5 days for your materials to be marked in the system as received.

 Financial Aid Offers

The Chicago Office of Financial Aid releases preliminary financial aid packages  by email to your Northwestern email accounts on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January for students admitted in December and early March for students admitted after January 1.  No action is required on your preliminary aid offer.  

 Check Application Status

Once you have your NetID from Admissions, you can check the status of your application. Please allow 3-5 days for your materials to be marked as received.  See this PDF on how to verify financial aid application materials have been received.

Steps for Admitted International Students

Bear in mind that students who are interested in obtaining a private student loan must typically have a credit-worthy U.S. citizen/permanent resident co-signer on the loan.

 When to Apply

Priority Deadline

  • December 15, 2022 for students admitted on or around December 1, 2022
  • March 1, 2023 for students admitted prior to February 25, 2023
  • March 8, 2023 for students admitted between February 25 and March 1, 2023
  • Within 5 days of admission for students admitted after March 1, 2023

 How to Apply

1. Complete the MD Entering University Aid Application

Priority Deadline: Based on admission date listed above 

  • 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 2021 federal tax return for the student applicant.
    • A copy of the 2021 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, 2023) 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, 2019, 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 made available to you via CAESAR.

2. Submit additional items to our office

Priority Deadline: Based on admission date listed above 

Student income information

  • Download and complete the 2023-24 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form
  • Submit signed copies of your 2021 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms (if you filed an Income Tax return in 2020). If you have not yet filed your 2021 Federal Income Tax return, please submit a copy of your 2020 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms (if you filed US Federal Taxes in 2020).
  • If you will be married by October 2023, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2021 tax forms.

OR

  • Submit signed copies of your country’s tax forms for the most recent tax year (if you had foreign income in 2021). 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 2023, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2021 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 2023-24 Verification of Parents' Income form.
  • Submit signed copies of your parents’ country's 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.

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

  • If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2019, submit tax forms for both parents.
  • If your parents were divorced before September 1, 2019, submit a tax form for your custodial parent only. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's tax form as well.

 Where to Send Materials

As noted above, application items are either remitted electronically or submitted to the Chicago Financial Aid Office by uploading through the secure upload process.

 Financial Aid Offers

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 to your Northwestern email account on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January for students admitted in December and early March for students admitted after January 1.

No action is required on your preliminary aid offer.

 Check Application Status

Once you have your NetID from Admissions, you can check the status of your application. See this PDF on how to verify financial aid application materials have been received.

Current Students

U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents who enroll at least halftime are eligible to apply for federal student loan assistance. You must reapply for student loans each year. Returning students do not need to include any parent data.

Priority applications are due April 1. All applications will be reviewed in the order they were received. Financial award decision emails were sent on a rolling basis in mid-to-late June.

Reapplication Steps for Current Domestic Students

 1. Complete FAFSA

Complete 2023 2024 FAFSA (student section only). Returning students do not need to complete the parent section. Use school code 001739.

After the FAFSA is processed (allow two weeks), you will receive a student air report (SAR) summarizing your information. Resolve any incorrect information via the FAFSA website or by returning the corrected and signed SAR. If you do not receive your SAR within four weeks, or if you need to request a duplicate, call 800-433-3243.

 2. Complete University Aid Application

Complete the University Aid Application online via your to-do list in CAESAR under the 2023-2024 academic year. If you do not see the this form on your CAESAR to do list by mid March, please email Cynthia Gonzalez.

Reapplication Steps for Current International Students

 1. Complete the University Aid Application by April 1

Students may access this document online via their "To-Do List" for the upcoming academic year in CAESAR in mid-March. Your "To-Do List" can be reviewed in CAESAR through either the "Tasks" tile on the homepage, or by clicking on the "Financial Aid" tile from the homepage and then selecting "To-Do List" from the left-hand navigation. If you are unable to access this document via your "To-Do List," please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

 

 2. Accept or Decline Your Loan Assistance

After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your aid package. Next, our office will send financial aid eligibility notification emails detailing your financial aid package. Your package will likely include private international student loans. You must accept or decline any loan assistance offered via CAESAR. Please complete this step as soon as possible after your receive the financial aid eligibility notification. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

 

 3. Apply or Reapply for Your Private Student Loan

If you have been offered a private international student loan on your award notice, you must complete the application and be approved for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that international students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy U.S. citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your financial aid eligibility notification email.