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Feinberg School of Medicine MD Students

An overview of the financial aid application process for incoming, accepted first-year MD students.

Note this information applies to domestic students only. View application instructions for international students.

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.

Deadline

All financial aid application materials must be submitted by March 1, 2017 (or, if admitted after this date, within five days of admission).

Application steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA (by March 1)
  2. Complete the Incoming MD University Aid Application (by March 1)
  3. Submit additional items to our office (by March 1)
  4. Accept or decline your award package

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: March 1, 2017

  • 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 Incoming MD University Aid Application

Deadline: March 1, 2017

  • The Incoming MD University Aid Application is available online. The application can take up to 30 minutes to complete. The application must be completed in a single session as you will not be able to save and return to the application after starting it. To complete the application, you will need:
    • A copy of the 2015 federal tax return for the student applicant.
    • A copy of the 2015 federal tax return for the applicant’s parent(s)
  • Complete the parent sections if you are classified as an NU Dependent and wish to be considered for institutional need-based grants.
    • Note: If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2013, submit financial information for both parents; if they were divorced before that date, submit information for your custodial parent only. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's information as well.
  • International students are not required to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the Incoming MD University Aid Application.

The Incoming MD University Aid Application is used to assist in determining eligibility for institutional need-based grants. If you do not wish to be considered for institutional need-based grants but do wish to apply only for federal financial aid (Federal Direct Loans), you are not required to complete the Incoming MD University Aid Application. Please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that our short-form Returning MD University Aid Application be emailed to you. To apply for federal student loans only, please complete the FAFSA along with the short-form Returning MD University Aid Application.

3. Submit additional items to our office

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Student income information
  • Download and complete the 2017-18 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form.
  • If you filed an Income Tax return for 2015, submit signed copies of your 2015 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
    • If you have not yet filed your 2015 Federal Income Tax return, please submit a copy of your 2014 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms along with the Verification of Student Income form).
  • If you will be married by October 2017, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2015 Federal Income Tax return.
Parental income information

If you are considered an NU Dependent, you must submit the following income information:

  • Download and complete the 2017-18 Verification of Parent's Income form.
  • Submit signed copies of your parents' 2015 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
    • If your parents have not yet filed their 2015 Federal Income Tax return, please submit a copy of their 2014 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms along with the Verification of Parent's Income form).

NU Dependents with divorced parents may need to submit additional tax returns:

  • If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2013, submit tax returns for both parents.
  • If they were divorced before September 1, 2013, submit a tax return for your custodial parent only. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's tax return as well.

4. Accept or decline your award package

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

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.

Deadline

All financial aid application materials must be submitted by March 1, 2016 (or, if admitted after this date, within five days of admission).

Application steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA (by March 1)
  2. Complete the Need Access Application (by March 1)
  3. Submit additional items to our office (by March 1)
  4. Accept or decline your award package

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: March 1, 2016

  • 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 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 Need Access Application

Deadline: March 1, 2016

  • The 2016-17 Need Access Application will be available online January 1, 2016.
  • We recommend you submit this form by February 26, 2016 to ensure it is received by the March 1 deadline. Be sure to select "Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine."
  • Complete the parent section if you are classified as an NU Dependent and wish to be considered for institutional grants or need-based loans. (Note: If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2012, submit financial information for both parents; if they were divorced before that date, submit information for your custodial parent only. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's information as well).
  • 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.

3. Submit additional items to our office

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Student income information
  • Download and complete the 2016-17 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form .
  • If you filed an Income Tax return in 2015, submit signed copies of your 2015 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms (if you have not yet filed your 2015 federal tax return, please submit a copy of your 2014 federal tax return, W2s and 2015 W2 forms along with the verification of student income form).
  • If you will be married by October 2016, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's federal tax return.
Parental income information

If you are considered an NU Dependent, you must submit the following income information:

  • Download and complete the 2016-17 Verification of Parent's Income form.
  • Submit signed copies of their 2015 federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms (if your parents have not yet filed their 2015 federal tax return, please have them submit a copy of the 2014 federal tax return and W2s along with the 2015 W2 forms. This may allow the Office of Financial Aid to provide you with a provisional financial aid award).

NU Dependents with divorced parents may need to submit additional tax returns:

  • If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2012, submit tax returns for both parents.
  • If they were divorced before September 1, 2012, submit a tax return for your custodial parent only. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's tax return as well.

4. 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. See How Aid is Determined for more information.
  • Next, our office sends financial award decision emails on a rolling basis beginning March 15, 2016.
  • Students must accept or decline this award via CAESAR. Learn how to accept or decline your award.
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