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What is NU Dependency Status?

Note: This information applies only to applicants who have been admitted to the MD program at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Applicants who have been admitted to the JD program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law can find more information about NU Dependency status here. This information also does not determine federal dependency status for SPS undergraduates. See SPS Federal Dependency Status for information pertaining to those students.

If you would like to be considered for institutional need-based grant funds, your financial aid application process will vary, depending on whether you are considered NU Dependent or NU Independent. 

NU Dependency Status is separate from federal dependency status, and will not effect your eligibility for federal financial aid. Additionally, if your parent(s) provide data on the Incoming MD University Aid Application, you will automatically be considered NU Dependent for the purposes of institutional need-based grant funds.

Criteria for NU Independent status

To qualify as NU Independent, you must document the following:

If you do not satisfy the above requirement, you are NU Dependent for the purposes of institutional need-based grant funds and must include parental information on the University Aid Application. Your dependency status does not change once you matriculate at the Feinberg School of Medicine, nor does it change if you get married or because your parents are unable or unwilling to provide the contribution we calculate.

Contact a financial aid advisor if you have questions about your NU Dependency status.

Application procedures

Entering NU Dependent students

When completing your financial aid application materials, you must:

If you are classified as NU Dependent and your parents refuse to provide their financial information, you will not be eligible for institutional need-based grants.

Entering NU Independent students

To apply for independent status, you must:

The Committee on Financial Aid will review your appeal and once a decision has been made, we will notify you of your status. If you qualify as NU Independent, this notification will include more information about the steps you'll need to take in order to successfully submit the University Aid Application without parental information.