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

The information on this page goes over how to apply for loan funding through the Chicago Office of Financial Aid, so if you would like to also apply for institutional scholarship funding, please see the Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website for more information, as another supplemental application may be needed.

All 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.

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.

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.

Deadlines

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

Application Steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the CSS Profile Application
  3. Accept or decline award

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: March 1

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online 2017-18 application. 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.

If you do not wish to be considered for loan funding but do wish to apply only for institutional scholarship funding, you are not required to complete the FAFSA. Please email the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that the FAFSA be removed from your To-Do list in CAESAR and then contact the Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for more information about the steps needed to apply for institutional scholarship funding.

2. Complete the CSS Profile Application

Deadline: March 1

  • 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).
  • Complete the parent section(s) if you are classified as NU Dependent and wish to be considered for institutional schoalrship funding.
  • International students are not required to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the CSS Profile Application.

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.

3. Accept or decline your award package

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.

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.

Deadlines

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
  2. Complete the Need Access Application
  3. Accept or decline award

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: March 1

  • 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. We recommend you submit your FAFSA by February 15, 2016 to ensure it is received by the March 1 deadline.
  • 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.

If you do not wish to be considered for loan funding but do wish to apply only for institutional scholarship funding, you are not required to complete the FAFSA. Please email the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that the FAFSA be removed from your To-Do list in CAESAR and then contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pritzker Law for more information about the steps needed to apply for institutional scholarship funding.

2. Complete the Need Access Application

Deadline: March 1

  • The 2016-17 Need Access Application will be available online January 1, 2016. We recommend you submit your FAFSA by February 15, 2016 to ensure it is received by the March 1 deadline.
  • 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.

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, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pritzker Law sends out scholarship notifications throughout the spring. Preliminary financial aid package are sent 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 via email over the summer.
  • Student must accept or decline their award package via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.
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