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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.

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

Deadline

All financial aid application materials must be submitted by:

  • March 1, 2022 for students admitted prior to February 25, 2022
  • March 8, 2022 for students admitted between February 25 and March 1, 2022
  • Within 5 days of admission for students admitted after March 1, 2022

Application steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the MD Entering University Aid Application
  3. Submit additional items to our office
  4. Accept or decline your offer

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: March 1, 2022 (or the deadline listed above if admitted on or after February 25, 2022)

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online 2022-23 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.
  • International students are not required to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the MD Entering University Aid Application and submit the supplemental documentation outlined in step 3.

2. Complete the MD Entering University Aid Application

Deadline: March 1, 2022 (or the deadline listed above if admitted on or after February 25, 2022).

  • The MD Entering 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 2020 federal tax return for the student applicant.
    • A copy of the 2020 federal tax return for the applicant’s parent(s)
    • Information about your assets and your parent(s) assets, including investments, businesses, homes, trusts, and vehicles
  • Students age 26 and older are not required to provide parental information on the university aid application.
  • Students under the age of 26 (or who will not be 26 by August 1, 2022) must provide parental information if they wish to be considered for institutional need-based grants.
    • Exceptions to requirements for parental information: 
      • If you are married, and your spouse is NOT a student, you only need to submit you and your spouse's information. If your spouse is a student, you will still need to submit your parents' information.
      • If you are active duty military or a veteran, you do not need to submit your parents' information.
      • All other exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Financial Aid and are extremely rare.
    • Note: If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2018, 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 MD Entering University Aid Application and submit the supplemental documentation outlined in step 3.

The MD Entering 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 student loans, then you only need to complete the FAFSA (unless you’re an international applicant) along with the Chicago Office of Financial Aid's short-form University Aid Application. The short-form University Aid Application is different from the more in-depth MD Entering University Aid Application noted above. In this case, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that our short-form University Aid Application be made available to you via CAESAR.

3. Submit additional items to our office

Deadline: March 1, 2022 (or the deadline listed above if admitted on or after February 25, 2022).

Student income information

  • If you filed an Income Tax return for 2020, submit signed copies of your 2020 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
  • If you have not yet filed your 2020 Federal Income Tax return download and complete the 2022-23 Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form.
    • Please also submit a copy of your 2019 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms along with the Verification of Student (and Spouse) Income form.
  • If you will be married by October 2022, you must also submit a copy of your spouse's 2020 Federal Income Tax return.

Parental income information

Students under the age of 26 (or who will not be 26 by August 1, 2022) must provide:

  • Submit signed copies of your parents' 2020 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms.
  • If your parents have not yet filed their 2020 Federal Income Tax return, download and complete the 2022-23 Verification of Parent's Income form
    • Please submit a copy of their 2019 Federal Income Tax return and W-2 forms along with the Verification of Parent's Income form.
  •  Students age 26 or older on or before August 1, 2022 are not required to submit this information.

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

  • If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2018, submit tax returns for both parents.
  • If your parents were divorced before September 1, 2018 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 offer via CAESAR

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive your official financial aid notice email

Once all materials are submitted, Northwestern will determine your financial aid eligibility and financial aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.

The Chicago Office of Financial Aid releases preliminary financial aid packages by email on a rolling basis beginning in late March.

The Chicago Office of Financial Aid will release official financial aid packages to NU email accounts in early Summer. Once you receive notification that the official package is available in CAESAR, you must accept or decline your financial aid package. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline .