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Northwestern University

Domestic Student Aid

How to apply, step by step.

Applying for financial aid shouldn't be complicated.

We've broken down the process into four basic steps. 

1. Indicate your status.

When completing the application for admission, be sure to indicate that you are requesting consideration for financial aid.

2. Complete and submit the FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the official application for federal and many state financial aid programs. If you wish only to apply for federal aid, you only need to complete and submit the FAFSA. Northwestern's School Code is 001739

COMPLETE THE FAFSA ONLINE

Deadline for Early Decision applicants: December 1 (submit as early as October 1)*
Deadline for Regular Decision applicants: February 15 (submit as early as October 1)*
Deadlines for Transfer applicants: March 15

*Illinois residents should file the FAFSA by October 15 to be considered for eligibility for an Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant.

3. Complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

The College Scholarship Service PROFILE is completed and submitted online through The College Board website. Select "Pay for College" and the PROFILE will be listed under student tools. Northwestern's PROFILE code is 1565.

COMPLETE THE PROFILE ONLINE

Deadline for Early Decision applicants: December 1 (submit as early as October 1)
Deadline for Regular Decision applicants: February 15 (submit as early as October 1)
Deadlines for Transfer applicants: March 15 

4. Complete and submit federal tax forms.

Once you have filed the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, you will receive information from the College Board's Institutional Documentation Service with instructions for submitting your tax forms and required supplemental forms. You must send signed copies of your parents' and your own 2015 federal income tax forms, including all schedules and W-2 forms, to the College Board.

Deadline for Early Decision applicants: December 1
Deadline for Regular Decision applicants: March 1
Deadline for Transfer applicants: April 15

Award notification

For students meeting the deadline for their application plan, financial aid award notification will be sent with or soon after your acceptance letter. This allows you to make an informed decision about Northwestern with full knowledge of the financial commitment necessary from your family.

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