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Returning Students (All Programs)

Below you will see an overview of the financial aid application process for domestic returning students. (PLEASE NOTE: non-U.S. citizens should review application instructions for international students).

The information on this page applies to the following programs.

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

Note: SPS non-degree and professional development programs need only complete the 2017-18 University Aid Application.

Deadlines

For programs that list dates per term, your due date is based on the first term for which you are applying for financial aid for the academic year.

Program Deadline
Feinberg School of Medicine (MD program) April 3, 2017
Pritzker School of Law ELLM in Chicago: April 3, 2017
All other programs
: May 1, 2017
Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA Program Summer: May 15, 2017
Fall: August 11, 2017
Winter: December 1, 2017
Spring: March 2, 2018
Physical Therapy Program May 1, 2017
Prosthetics/Orthotics Program May 1, 2017
Physician Assistant Program May 1, 2017
SPS (all graduate and undergraduate programs) Fall: July 12, 2017
Winter: November 9, 2017
Spring: February 9, 2018
Summer: April 27, 2018

Application steps

1. Complete the FAFSA

  • 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 one up 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.
  • 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.

2. Complete the University Aid Application

  • Students may access this document online via their To-Do list for the 2017-18 academic year in CAESAR in mid-March 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 required 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

  • After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.
  • Next, our office will begin sending financial award decision emails on a rolling basis beginning June 1, 2017. Your financial aid package will likely include a combination of student loans.
  • Student must accept or decline their award package via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

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

Note: SPS non-degree and professional development programs need only complete the University Aid Application

Deadlines

Program Deadline
Feinberg School of Medicine (MD program) April 1, 2016
Pritzker School of Law May 2, 2016
Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA Program Summer: May 16, 2016
Fall: August 13, 2016
Winter: December 2, 2016
Spring: March 3, 2017
Physical Therapy Program May 2, 2016
Prosthetics/Orthotics Program May 2, 2016
Physician Assistant Program May 2, 2016
SPS (graduate and undergraduate programs) Fall: July 13, 2016
Winter: November 11, 2016
Spring: February 10, 2017
Summer: April 28, 2017

Application steps

1. Complete the FAFSA

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online form.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2. Complete the University Aid Application

You may access the 2016-17 University Aid Application online via your To-Do list on CAESAR.

3. Accept or decline your award package

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

  • After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.
  • Next, our office will begin sending financial award decision emails on a rolling basis beginning June 1, 2016. Your financial aid package will likely include a combination of student loans.
  • Student must accept or decline their award package via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.
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