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 DPT applicants planning to enroll in the fall of 2023 is due by December 2, 2023. A link to the scholarship application form will be provided, upon receipt of an admission offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack Lageschulte and Wendy Lageschulte Physical Therapy 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 recipient will be chosen from the early decision applicants.
Robert Babbs, Jr. PT Diversity Scholarship
Philip A. Hageman Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 2022 to honor the memory of Phil Hageman ’21 PTF, an inaugural member of the post-professional orthopedic fellowship program at PTHMS. The scholarship was established by Phil’s family and friends and is intended to support post-professional students that embody Phil’s love of life, practice, and teaching.
Wendell G. Venerable Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 2021 to honor the memory of Wendell G. Venerable FSM’57. Mr. Venerable was a trailblazer in physical therapy who devoted his life to his patients, his profession, and family. The fund was established by his wife, Mrs. Shirley Venerable, and supported by friends and fellow graduates.
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
- American Physical Therapy Minority Scholarship
- American Physical Therapy Scholarship Search Tool
- 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
- National Association of Black Physical Therapists Scholarship
- Physical Therapy Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Resources
- Rizing Tide
- Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
The following websites offer free scholarship search services: