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Feinberg School of Medicine International MD Students

An overview of the financial aid application process for incoming, accepted first-year international MD 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 Incoming MD University Aid Application (by March 1)
  2. Submit additional items to our office (by March 1)
  3. Accept or decline your award package
  4. Complete the required documents as outlined in your award notification email

1. 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 tax return for the student applicant
    • A copy of the 2015 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.

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 private student loan funding, 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.

2. 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 .
  • Submit signed copies of your 2015 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms (if you filed an Income Tax return in 2015). If you have not yet filed your 2015 Federal Income Tax return, please submit a copy of your 2014 Federal Income Tax return and 2015 W-2 forms (if you filed US Federal Taxes in 2014).

OR

  • Submit signed copies of your country’s tax forms for the most recent tax year (if you had foreign income in 2015). If your country does not have an annual tax form, please submit a signed wage statement from your employer verifying income. All non-US tax forms and earnings documents require official translation into English.  If converted to U.S. dollars, the conversion rate must also be included.
  • If you will be married by October 2017, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's tax forms.
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’ national tax forms for the most recent tax year. If your country does not have an annual tax form, please submit a signed wage statement from your parents’ employer(s) verifying income. All tax or earnings documents require official translation into English. If converted to U.S. dollars, the conversion rate must also be included.

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 forms for both parents.
  • If they were divorced before September 1, 2013, submit a tax form for your custodial parent only. (If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's tax form as well).

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 more about how aid is determined.
  • Our office sends financial award decision emails on a rolling basis beginning March 15, 2017. Your aid package will generally include an "Outside Agency Loan." The Private Loan page on the Student Financial Services website has more information on some of these lenders.
  • Students must accept or decline this award via CAESAR. Learn more on how to accept or decline your award.

4. Complete any required documents as outlined in your award notification email

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

You may be required to submit additional documentation. Information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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 Need Access Application (by March 1)
  2. Submit additional items to our office (by March 1)
  3. Accept or decline your award package
  4. Complete the required documents as outlined in your award notification email

1. Complete the Need Access Application

Deadline: March 1, 2016

  • Complete the 2016-17 Need Access Form. Please make sure you select "Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine" on the Need Access Form.
  • Complete the parent section if you are classified as an NU Dependent and wish to be considered for institutional grants.
    • 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).
    • Submit the form electronically via the Need Access website.

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. Submit additional items to our office

Deadline: March 1

Student income information
  • Download and complete the 2016-17 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form .
  • Submit signed copies of your 2015 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms (if you filed an Income Tax return in 2015). If you have not yet filed your 2015 federal tax return, please submit a copy of your 2014 federal tax return, 2014 W2 forms and 2015 W2 forms (if you filed US Federal Taxes in 2014).

OR

  • Submit signed copies of your country’s tax forms for the most recent tax year (if you had foreign income in 2015). If your country does not have an annual tax form, please submit a signed wage statement from your employer verifying income. All non-US tax forms and earnings documents require official translation into English.  If converted to U.S. dollars, the conversion rate must also be included.
  • If you will be married by October 2015, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's tax forms.
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 your parents’ national tax forms for the most recent tax year. If your country does not have an annual tax form, please submit a signed wage statement from your parents’ employer(s) verifying income.
    All tax or earnings documents require official translation into English. If converted to U.S. dollars, the conversion rate must also be included.

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 forms for both parents.
  • If they were divorced before September 1, 2012, submit a tax form for your custodial parent only. (If your custodial parent has remarried, submit your stepparent's tax form as well).

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. Your aid package will generally include an "Outside Agency Loan." The Private Loan page on the Student Financial Services website has more information on some of these lenders.
  • 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 more on how to accept or decline your award.

4. Complete any required documents as outlined in your award notification email

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

You may be required to submit additional documentation. Information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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