Tuition & Scholarships
Visit the Chicago Financial Aid site for full information regarding tuition, fees and other expenses related to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.
Northwestern University's primary objective in providing financial assistance is to ensure that students with financial need will not be denied enrollment due to a lack of financial resources. Financial aid is offered to students needing assistance beyond that which they and their families can provide. Financial status has no bearing on the admissions process. The Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences is committed to making the cost of education manageable for students of all income levels. Many physical therapy students receive financial aid from a variety of sources, including government-funded loan programs, institutional and/or other loan educational programs.
The Office of Financial Aid on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus serves the educational financing needs of all students enrolled in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website to learn more.
New students begin the financial aid application process after receiving an admission offer and committing to enroll at Northwestern.
In addition to loans, there are several scholarships available to qualified enrolling students who meet specific criteria.
The scholarship application for fall 2021 DPT applicants is due by Dec. 4, 2020. Fill out the online application form.
Admission offers will be made October through December and scholarship winners will be notified in December, so you may or may not know your final admission status before applying for scholarships.
Scholarship applications are separate from the PTCAS application for admission. Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships but may only receive one award. Scholarships are one-time awards and funds may only be applied to Northwestern University DPT tuition and fees.
Early Decision Scholarship
Eligible applicants must have applied and been admitted under the Early Decision application process and provide evidence of leadership potential in clinical practice, education, research or advocacy. Three scholarships of $10,000 may be awarded annually to first-year DPT students.
Eligible applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or greater at time of application and provide evidence of leadership potential in clinical practice, education, research or advocacy. Ten scholarships of $5,000 may be awarded annually to first-year DPT students.
Janet L. Hemzacek Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1992 to honor the memory of Janet L. Hemzacek, a 1982 physical therapy graduate. The scholarship was established by Janet’s family and is intended to recognize Northwestern University physical therapy students who demonstrate a sense of integrity and humanity and an involvement with the community through volunteer activity. One scholarship of $5,000 may be awarded annually to a first-year DPT student.
This scholarship was established in 2012 by David Brown, PT, PhD, and department faculty to further our mission of achieving an environment of belonging and inclusion for all. We strive to achieve a student body that is representative of the many ethnicities, cultures and groups that we serve as physical therapists. In doing so, we value the unique characteristics, traits experiences and skills that individuals with diverse backgrounds bring to the classroom and eventually to the clinic and the profession. The department believes that a diverse student body will help enrich the social and cultural climate resulting in an inclusive environment supportive of individual and group differences.
This award recognizes a student who demonstrates leadership potential and commitment to promoting diversity, tolerance, inclusion and belonging within the Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences and who strives to promote outreach and service to the community through a focus on underserved communities, social justice and health disparities. Recipients of this award will be known as Diversity Scholars and will serve on the student and faculty Diversity Committees for the two years they are involved in didactic coursework. Service on these committees includes helping develop outreach opportunities and providing leadership within the department.
One scholarship of up to $5,000 may be awarded to a first-year DPT student who will have the opportunity to serve a two-year appointment on the Diversity Committees. The award is $2,500 the first year and, pending service to the department, $2,500 the second year (scholars will not need to reapply for year two).
This award was established in 2014 by the Northwestern University Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences Alumni Association (NUPTAA) to further our mission of facilitating a collegial relationship among our physical therapy graduates and promoting continued interest in, communication with and support of physical therapy education programs at Northwestern University. In doing so, we value the collaboration of alumni, the department and current students to continue the growth and development of the physical therapy profession.
The NUPTAA aims to support the department by developing the next leaders in our profession through continuing education, collaboration with faculty and peers and networking with current leaders. This award is intended to recognize a student who demonstrates outstanding written communication skills and an enthusiastic willingness to engage alumni in face-to-face and phone conversation. The student will demonstrate leadership and commitment to promoting alumni events, contribute ideas for improving engagement with current alumni and attract interest of the alumni community through frequent communication of alumni events and news. These goals will be achieved through communication with alumni via electronic newsletters, event promotion, social media site management and collaboration with board members. Recipients of this award will be known as Alumni Scholars and will serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for the two years they are involved in didactic coursework.
One scholarship of up to $2,000 may be awarded annually.
Sally C. Edelsberg Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1999 to honor Sally C. Edelsberg, PT, MS, FAPTA, director of programs in physical therapy at Northwestern University from 1972 to 1999. Throughout her career, Sally demonstrated superior leadership in the physical therapy profession. She is particularly noted for educational leadership and was dedicated to the goal of providing students with the opportunity for an education in physical therapy at Northwestern, regardless of financial circumstances. This scholarship is intended to recognize students who demonstrate leadership potential in the profession of physical therapy. Recipients of the scholarship are known as Edelsberg Scholars. Two scholarships may be awarded annually: a $5,500 award to a first-year DPT student and a $3,500 award to a third-year DPT student.
Edna Foster Wright Scholarship
The Edna Foster Wright Scholarship was established in 2018 by the Edna Foster Wright Family Foundation and is intended to recognize an incoming Northwestern University physical therapy student who provides evidence of community involvement through volunteer activity and potential and commitment to a career working with underserved populations. One scholarship of $4,000 may be awarded annually to a first-year DPT student.
Elizabeth Wood/Dorothy Voss Scholarship
Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman Scholars
The Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman Scholars Program is funded by the Kaufman Enrichment Fund, thanks to a generous donation from Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman. The scholars are awarded $10,000 to support their DPT education. The recipient will be chosen from the early decision applicants.
The current scholars are:
- Class of 2021: Gianna Scala earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise and movement science from Winona State University, where she competed on the gymnastics team, serving as captain and coaching in the youth gymnastics program.
- Class of 2020: Laura Ross earned her bachelor of music at Miami University and her master in music at Temple University. Her interest in physical therapy grew out of CrossFit training. After taking a CrossFit course taught by a physical therapist, she began working on her DPT prerequisite courses.
- Class of 2019: Michelle Kazmier holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she served as a sports medicine intern.
A number of private organizations offer grants, scholarships and loans:
- AAUW Educational Foundation
- AAUW Return to Learning Scholarships
- ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. Academic Scholarship
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
- Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital Scholarship
- The Expert Institute's Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship
- F.A. Davis Scholarships
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- National AMBUCS Scholarship Program for Therapists
- Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
The following websites offer free scholarship search services: