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International Law Students

Applying for financial aid, including scholarship/fellowship funding, is separate from the admissions process. The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid awards scholarship/fellowship funding, while the Chicago Office of Financial Aid packages loan funding.

The information on this page only goes over how international students in all Law programs will begin the private student loan application process, so if you would like to also apply for institutional scholarship/fellowship funding, please see the Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website for more information as supplemental applications may be needed. For LLM and MSL students, the scholarship/fellowship application deadline may differ from the below noted loan application deadline.

Financial aid application due dates are listed below. 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.

Jump to your program:

JDJD-MBA ELLM in Chicago LLM, LLM-IHR,  Tax-LLM, and MSL

JD

1. Complete the CSS Profile Application

Deadline: March 1, 2017

  • The CSS Profile Application will be available online January 10, 2017. Be sure to select Northwestern U: Pritzker Law (CSS code 1601) and complete the 2017-18 application (Fall 2017 or Spring 2018).
  • All JD applicants who will not be 26 years old or older as of December 31, 2017 will be considered NU Dependent for the purpose of institutional scholarship eligibility and will be required to submit parental information in the CSS Profile application.
  • International students are only required to complete this form.

Early Decision and transfer JD students should contact our office to request the 2017-18 University Aid Application in place of the CSS Profile Application. Be sure to note to our office that you are an Early Decision or transfer JD student.

The CSS Profile Application is used to assist in determining eligibility for institutional scholarships. If you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding, but do wish to apply only for federal financial aid (Federal Direct Loans), you are not required to complete the CSS Profile Application. Please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that our University Aid Application be emailed to you. To apply for federal financial aid, please complete the FAFSA along with the University Aid Application.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive your award notice email

After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.

The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid releases scholarship notifications throughout the spring. Preliminary financial aid packages are released by the Chicago Office of Financial Aid before the relevant tuition deposit deadline, provided that students have applied for financial aid by the application deadline.

Official financial aid packages are sent via email over the summer, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application 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 US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

JD-MBA

1. Complete the CSS Profile Application

Deadline: January 17, 2017

  • The CSS Profile Application will be available online January 10, 2017. Be sure to select Northwestern U: Pritzker Law (CSS code 1601) and complete the 2017-18 application (Fall 2017 or Spring 2018).
  • Northwestern Law considers all JD-MBA applicants independent and does not require parental information. To override entering parental information, enter “O” or “NA” for all parental data questions. This applies only to JD-MBA applicants.
  • If you are married, spousal information must be entered.
  • International students are only required to complete this form.

The CSS Profile Application is used to assist in determining eligibility for institutional scholarships. If you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding, but do wish to apply only for federal financial aid (Federal Direct Loans), you are not required to complete the CSS Profile Application. Please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that our University Aid Application be emailed to you. To apply for federal financial aid, please complete the FAFSA along with the University Aid Application.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive your award notice email

After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.

The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid releases scholarship notifications throughout the spring. Preliminary financial aid packages are released by the Chicago Office of Financial Aid before the relevant tuition deposit deadline, provided that students have applied for financial aid by the application deadline.

Official financial aid packages are sent via email over the summer, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application 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 US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

ELLM in Chicago

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Students may access the electronic 2017-18 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2017. 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 award package via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive your award notice email

After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.

The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid releases scholarship and fellowship notifications throughout the spring. Official financial aid packages are sent via email on a rolling basis beginning in mid-April, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application 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 US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

LLM, LLM-IHR, Tax-LLM, and MSL

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Students may access the electronic 2017-18 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2017. 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 award package via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive your award notice email

After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.

The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid releases scholarship and fellowship notifications throughout the spring. Official financial aid packages are sent via email on a rolling basis throughout the summer, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application 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 US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

Jump to your program:

JD and JD-MBA LLM/K and ELLM in Chicago LLM, LLM-IHR, LLM/K, Tax-LLM, and MSL

JD and JD-MBA

1. Complete the 2016-17 Need Access Application

Deadline: March 1 (JD students) or January 15 (JD-MBA students)

  • The 2016-17 Need Access Application will be available online January 1, 2016.
    • JD Students: We recommend you submit your FAFSA by February 15, 2016 to ensure it is received by the March 1 deadline.
    • JD-MBA Students: We recommend you submit your FAFSA by January 8, 2016 to ensure it is received by the January 15 deadline. Be sure to select Northwestern University School of Law.
  • Parental information is collected on the Need Access form for scholarship determination purposes. Any questions about providing parental information on the Need Access form should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pritzker Law.
  • International students are only required to complete this form.

As of October 1, 2016, the Need Access Form is no longer available. If you are applying for 2016-17 financial aid for the first time after October 1, 2016, please email the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to have the University Aid Application added to your To-Do list in CAESAR in place of the Need Access Form.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

  • After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your financial aid eligibility and aid package.
  • Next, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pritzker Law sends out scholarship notifications throughout the spring. Preliminary financial aid package are sent out by the Chicago Office of Financial Aid via email before the deposit deadline, provided that students have met the financial aid application deadline. Official financial aid packages are sent out via email over the summer.
  • Student must accept or decline their award package via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application 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 US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

LLM/K and ELLM in Chicago

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Students may access this document online via their To-Do list for the 2016-17 academic year in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2016. If you are unable to link to this document via your To-Do list, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (312) 503-8722.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

  • After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your financial aid eligibility and aid package.
  • Next, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pritzker Law sends out scholarship and fellowship notifications throughout the spring. Official financial aid packages are sent out via email on a rolling basis beginning in mid-April. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.
  • Student must accept or decline their award package via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application 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 US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

LLM, LLM-IHR, LLM/K, Tax-LLM, and MSL

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: May 2, 2016

Students may access this document online via their To-Do list for the 2016-17 academic year in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2016. If you are unable to link to this document via your To-Do list, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (312) 503-8722.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

  • After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your financial aid eligibility and aid package.
  • The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pritzker Law sends out scholarship and fellowship notifications throughout the spring. Official financial aid packages are sent out via email on a rolling basis throughout the summer. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.
  • Student must accept or decline their award package via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application 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 US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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