Affordability and Access
Access Beyond Aid
Northwestern’s commitment to college access begins with financial aid that meets every student’s demonstrated need. No matter your financial circumstances, our goal is to remove cost as a barrier to higher education. But making Northwestern accessible to all means offering support beyond an aid award. Browse the resources below to learn more about how Northwestern can help you thrive once you’re on campus, or use the following links to navigate to a specific section:
Preparing for college goes far beyond the admission and financial aid application process. Many students will be managing their finances on their own for the first time, which is an important part of the college experience. Northwestern is committed to educating and empowering current students to make informed decisions about money management.
Academics and Research
Academic Support and Learning Advancement (ALSA) helps students explore opportunities for peer tutoring, study groups and academic leadership development. More information about academic resources offered by ALSA can be found by clicking on the link below.
Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research helps students get involved in the research community at Northwestern regardless of prior research experience. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research by clicking the button below to learn more about programming, resources, advising, and funding.
Arch Scholars is a group of programs designed to welcome, engage, and support students who attended high schools with little or no AP/IB preparation, those with financial need, or who are among the first in their families to attend college. More information about individual programs and the application process can be found by clicking on on the Arch Scholars button below.
Summer Internship Grant Program
The Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) was established to support current Northwestern undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships that demonstrate financial need. More information on applying to SIGP can be found by clicking on the button below.
Graduate School Preparation
Preparing for graduate and professional school can be challenging and present additional costs. The Graduate School Preparation section of the Financial Wellness website (link below) offers resources for preparing for, and applying to, graduate/professional school.
Career Development Fund
Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) provides funding to support or supplement the career development needs of undergraduate students with financial need. Areas of support include:
- Travel expenses to interviews
- Purchasing of professional attire
- Test preparation and application costs
Northwestern Mentorship Program
The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program is an online platform designed to cultivate meaningful mentorship opportunities for the global Northwestern community, with alumni mentors providing valuable support and guidance as mentees navigate their careers. Click on the button below for more information on the Northwestern Mentorship Program.
Books, Fees, Misc. Expenses
Books for Cats
One of the most expensive parts of going to college can be paying for books. Despite the convenience of the Northwestern Bookstore matching program and financial aid support, financing your books, materials, and supplies, can still be challenging. Click the button below to visit the Books for Cats website for help in paying for your books, materials, and supplies.
Student Activities Assistance
The Student Activities Assistance Fund is a grant to assist students in registered student organizations with financial support to participate fully in their student organization’s programs and events. Learn more about the Student Activities Assistance Fund by clicking on the link below.