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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 2026

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. 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. 

Steps for Admitted Domestic Students

 When to Apply

All financial aid application materials must be submitted by:

  • March 1, 2022, for students admitted prior to Feb. 25, 2022
  • March 8, 2022, for students admitted between Feb. 25 and March 1, 2022
  • Within five days of admission for students admitted after March 1, 2022

 How to Apply

1. Complete FAFSA

Complete the 2022-2023 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. 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 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 Aug. 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 and 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 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 emailed to you.

3. Submit Student Income Information

If you filed an Income Tax return for 2020, submit signed copies of your 2020 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.

If you have not yet filed your 2020 Federal Income Tax return,  download and complete the 2022-23 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form. Please also submit a copy of your 2019 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 2022, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2020 Federal Income Tax return.

4. Submit Parent Income Information

Students under the age of 26 (or who will not be 26 by Aug. 1, 2022) must submit signed copies of your parents' 2020 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms. If your parents have not yet filed their 2020 Federal Income Tax return, download and complete the 2022-23 Verification of Parent's Income form. Please submit a copy of their 2019 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 Aug. 1, 2022 are not required to submit this information.

Northwestern University dependents with divorced parents may need to submit additional tax returns. If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after Sept. 1, 2018, submit tax returns for both parents. If your parents were divorced before Sept. 1, 2018, 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 Dr., Room #629
Chicago, IL 60611-3078
Fax: 312-503-8700
Email: financial-aid-chicago@northwestern.edu
Phone: 312-503-8722

 Financial Aid Offers

Your financial aid offer will be sent to your Northwestern email accounts on a rolling basis via email starting late-March to those who submitted all required materials by the deadline. 

 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.

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

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

 How to Apply

1. Complete the MD Entering University Aid Application

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 Aug. 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.
If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after Sept. 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.

2a. Submit student income information to our office

 

  • 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 U.S. 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-U.S. 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.

2b. Submit parental income information to our office

 

If you are required to submit parent information based on the criteria above, you must 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. xollars. If converted to U.S. dollars, the conversion rate must also be included.

Northwestern University dependents with divorced parents may need to submit additional tax returns. If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after Sept. 1, 2018, submit tax forms for both parents. If your parents were divorced before Sept. 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.

 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. 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 Dr., Room #629
Chicago, IL 60611-3078
Fax: 312-503-8700
Email: financial-aid-chicago@northwestern.edu
Phone: 312-503-8722

 Financial Aid Offers

Once all materials are submitted, Northwestern will determine your financial aid eligibility and financial aid package. The Chicago Office of Financial Aid releases preliminary financial aid packages by email on a rolling basis beginning in late March and will release official financial aid packages to Northwestern University 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. Complete this step as soon as possible after you receive your financial aid notice email.

Learn about the steps to accept or decline.

You may be required to submit additional documentation. Information about this process will be included on your Financial Aid Notification email. Complete this step as soon as possible after you receive the notice.

 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, 2022. 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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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.