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Enrollment Changes

For programs that are charged tuition per credit/unit, the Chicago Office of Financial Aid uses the enrollment projections you include in your University Aid Application to determine the type and amount of financial aid to offer for that term. If your actual or projected enrollment will differ from what you indicated in your University Aid Application, you must immediately email our office from your NU email account with your name, student ID number, and your updated enrollment projections.

For programs that are charged a flat tuition rate in each term, your enrollment changes may not impact your eligibility for financial aid in that term.

Any enrollment changes made after the designated add/drop period for the term may impact your eligibility for federal financial aid in future terms due to the requirements outlined in the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for your program. We encourage you to review this policy and contact our office with any questions about how an enrollment change may impact your eligibility for federal financial aid in future terms.

Choose your program below for more information about how enrollment changes may impact your financial aid for that term:

Feinberg School of Medicine (MD Program)

Phase 1a and 1b students generally do not have changes in enrollment unless students are taking a leave of absence so 1st and 2nd year students should contact our office for more information on how your aid is impacted if your enrollment changes.

Students in Phase 2 and 3 may rearrange clinical schedules without impacting your financial aid eligibility as long as you remain enrolled in coursework during the academic year. If you will not meet those enrollment thresholds, please contact our office for more information about whether your financial aid will be impacted.

Pritzker School of Law

For JD, JD-MBA, and all LLM programs except part-time Tax-LLM, enrollment changes generally do not impact your financial aid eligibility as long as you remain enrolled in at least 9 credits during the Fall or Spring semesters, or in at least 4 credits during the Summer semester. If you will not meet those enrollment thresholds, please contact our office for more information about whether your financial aid will be impacted.

For part-time Tax-LLM students, you must email our office from your NU email account if you change your enrollment from what was indicated in your University Aid Application.

For full-time MSL students, you must email our office from your NU email account if you change your enrollment from what you had previously indicated to our office (whether via the University Aid Application or via a follow-up email).

Living expenses are included in the MSL cost of attendance only during sessions in which you are enrolled in courses. If you do not enroll in courses during a given session, then your cost of attendance and financial aid package will be adjusted to remove living expenses for that session.

If you withdraw from all courses in any session but are enrolled in a later session during that same semester and plan to attend those later courses, you must send an email to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid from your NU email account within ONE day of when you withdraw from that session to alert our office that you will remain enrolled in a later session during the same semester. If you do not send this email, then per federal regulations, you will be considered to have withdrawn for the entire semester and your eligibility for federal financial aid may be impacted.

For part-time MSL students, you must email our office from your NU email account if you change your enrollment from what you previously indicated to our office (whether via the University Aid Application or via a follow-up email).

If you withdraw from all courses in any session but are enrolled in a later session during that same semester and plan to attend those courses, you must send an email to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid from your NU email account within ONE day of when you withdraw from that session to alert our office that you will remain enrolled in a later session during the same semester. If you do not send this email, then per federal regulations, you will be considered to have withdrawn for the entire semester and your eligibility for federal financial aid may be impacted.

Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA

Please contact our office for further instructions if you change your enrollment from what you originally indicated to our office.

Physical Therapy Program

Please contact our office for further instructions if you are withdrawing from an academic term due to an approved leave of absence or otherwise separating from the university. 

Prosthetics/Orthotics Program

Please contact our office for further instructions if you are withdrawing from an academic term due to an approved leave of absence or otherwise separating from the university. 

Physician Assistant Program

Please contact our office for further instructions if you are withdrawing from an academic term due to an approved leave of absence or otherwise separating from the university. 

SPS – Graduate

Please contact our office for further instructions if you change your enrollment from what you originally indicated to our office.

SPS – Undergraduate

If a student drops from 4 or more courses but maintains full-time enrollment status (3 courses or more), no changes are required to their aid.

If a student drops from full-time status (3+ courses) to half-time status (2 courses), AND

  • It is BEFORE the Add/drop date AND they are Pell/SEOG and/or MAP eligible, their grants are reduced to the half-time maximum amount as indicated on their most recent packaging worksheet. No changes are required to their federal loan assistance.
  • It is AFTER the add/drop date, whether they are eligible for grant assistance or not, no changes are required to their eligibility in this case but it may impact their eligibility for aid in future quarters based on the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

If a student drops from half-time status (2 courses) to less than half-time status (1 course), AND

  • It is BEFORE the Add/drop date AND they are Pell/SEOG and/or MAP eligible, their grants are reduced to the less-than-half-time maximum amount:
    • The counselor verifies that they actually began the second course and were eligible at the time of disbursement for the federal loan assistance.
    • If the student WAS eligible for the loan at the time of disbursement (and they officially started the second course), the federal loans are reduced by the net amount of the tuition refund they received, starting with the unsubsidized Stafford loan, followed by the subsidized and then Perkins funding.
    • If the student WAS NOT eligible (i.e. did not officially begin the second course) for the loan at the time of disbursement, all federal loans for the academic term must be canceled and returned to the lender.
  • It is AFTER the add/drop date, whether they are eligible for grant assistance or not:
    • Their federal loan assistance is reduced by the net amount of the tuition refund they received, starting with the unsubsidized Stafford loan, followed by subsidized than Perkins funding. If no tuition refund is received, no adjustment is required.
    • No changes are made to their grant eligibility in this case.
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