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School of Professional Studies Undergraduate Programs

Below you will see an overview of the financial aid application process for School of Professional Studies (SPS) Undergraduate students.

Jump to program-specific instructions:

Degree or professional health career programs

Students must be enrolled in at least two courses per term in order to receive federal loan assistance. Students in the Professional Health Certificate and preparatory coursework completion programs will be awarded federal loan assistance (assuming they meet all federal requirements for aid) for courses required in their specific certificate program only. Professional Health students cannot receive federal aid for elective coursework.

To be considered for all available financial assistance, return all completed application materials by your "first term of enrollment" deadline date listed below. Students admitted after the application deadline for their first term of enrollment must submit their financial aid application materials within two weeks of when they were admitted.

Students who miss their application deadline may still apply for aid after the deadline has passed, but their award may not be released until after the start of the academic term and will be subject to availability of funding.

Deadlines

First Term of Enrollment Student Status Deadline Date
Fall 2017 New and returning students July 12, 2017
Winter 2018 New and returning students November 10, 2017
Spring 2018 New and returning students February 9, 2018
Summer 2018 New and returning students April 27, 2018

Students whose applications are completed after the "first term of enrollment date" may need to use their own resources to pay the tuition deposit required for registration (60% for SPS students). These students can reimburse themselves with their financial aid later in the term.

A student's full application must be reviewed and their award must be issued in order to be added the financial aid list (formally letter of credit). Students admitted after the financial aid deadline may contact the Registrar at 312-503-6950x1 to determine if they may register without being on the financial aid list due to late admission.

Application steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the University Aid Application
  3. Accept or decline your financial aid award

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: Depends on the enrollment term. See table above.

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online 2017-18 form. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you will need to set up an FSA ID before completing the FAFSA. This FSA ID will be used for many Department of Education websites.
  • Designate Northwestern as the recipient of the information; our federal school code is 001739. Any other Northwestern University codes (001740, school-specific codes beginning with an "E"), should not be used.
  • If you are considered Federally Dependent, you must submit parent information on the FAFSA and have your parent sign the application with their FSA ID.
  • After the FAFSA is processed (allow two weeks), you will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) summarizing your information. Resolve any incorrect information via the FAFSA web site or by returning the corrected and signed SAR. If you do not receive your SAR within four weeks, or if you need to request a duplicate, call 800-433-3243.

Note: Illinois residents should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2016 to be considered for an Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant.

2. Complete the University Aid Application

Deadline: Depends on the enrollment term. See table above.

Students may access this document online via their To-Do list for the 2017-18 academic year in CAESAR on or after April 1, 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.

International students who wish to apply for private student loan funding are not require to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the University Aid Application.

3. Accept or decline your award package

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

Non-Degree, Bridge-to Programs, Professional Development and other certificate programs

Students in these programs need only fill out the 2017-18 University Aid Application to be considered for aid.

Jump to program-specific instructions:

Degree or professional health career programs

Students must be enrolled in at least two courses per term in order to receive federal loan assistance. Students in the Professional Health Certificate and prepatory coursework completion program will be awarded federal loan assistance (assuming they meet all federal requirements for aid) for courses required in their specific certificate program only. Professional Health students cannot receive federal aid for elective coursework.

To be considered for all available financial assistance, return all completed application materials by your "first term of enrollment" deadline date listed below. Students admitted after the application deadline for their first term of enrollment must submit their financial aid application materials within two weeks of when they were admitted.

Students who miss their application deadline may still apply for aid after the deadline has passed, but their award may not be released until after the start of the academic term and will be subject to availability of funding.

Deadlines

First Term of Enrollment Student Status Deadline Date
Fall 2016 New and returning students July 13, 2016
Winter 2017 New and returning students November 11, 2016
Spring 2017 New and returning students February 10, 2017
Summer 2017 New and returning students April 28, 2017

Students whose applications are completed after the "first term of enrollment date" may need to use their own resources to pay the tuition deposit required for registration (60% for SPS students). These students can reimburse themselves with their financial aid later in the term.

A student's full application must be reviewed and their award must be issued in order to be added the financial aid list (formally letter of credit). Students admitted after the financial aid deadline may contact the Registrar at 312-503-6950x1 to determine if they may register without being on the financial aid list due to late admission.

Application steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the University Aid Application
  3. Accept or decline your financial aid award

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: Depends on the enrollment term. See table above.

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online form. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you will need to set up an FSA ID before completing the FAFSA. This FSA ID will be used for many Department of Education websites.
  • Designate Northwestern as the recipient of the information; our federal school code is 001739. Any other Northwestern University codes (001740, school-specific codes beginning with an "E"), should not be used.
  • If you are considered Federally Dependent, you must submit parent information on the FAFSA and have your parent sign the application with their FSA ID.
  • After the FAFSA is processed (allow two weeks), you will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) summarizing your information. Resolve any incorrect information via the FAFSA web site or by returning the corrected and signed SAR. If you do not receive your SAR within four weeks, or if you need to request a duplicate, call 800-433-3243.

Note: Illinois residents should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2016 to be considered for an Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant.

2. Complete the University Aid Application

Deadline: Depends on the enrollment term. See table above.

All students should be able to access an online version of this document via their 2016-17 To-Do list in CAESAR by April 1, 2016. Students who cannot view this document under their To-Do list after April 1, 2016 should contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at (312) 503-8722 for assistance.

3. Accept or decline your award package

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

  • Once all materials are submitted, Northwestern will determine your financial aid eligibility and award package. Learn about how aid is determined for more information.
  • Next, our office sends financial award decision emails on a rolling basis beginning in August or about 4-6 weeks after your file is complete, whichever is later.
  • Students must accept or decline this award via CAESAR. Learn more on how to accept or decline your award.

Non-Degree, Bridge-to Programs, Professional Development and other certificate programs

Students in these programs need only fill out the 2016-17 University Aid Application to be considered for aid.

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