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Physical Therapy Program

Below you will see an overview of the financial aid application process for incoming Physical Therapy students.

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

Deadline

Return all completed application materials by March 9, 2018.

Importance of meeting deadlines

Meeting the financial aid application deadlines listed above ensures that students will receive their financial aid award notice, can complete all required loan documentation, and have their funds disburse by the first day of classes. Students who may be admitted after the application deadline are still eligible to apply for and receive financial aid, but they must submit their financial aid application materials within two weeks of when they were admitted.

Students who apply for financial aid after the deadline cannot be guaranteed that financial aid funds will disburse by the first day of class. Applications received after the deadline will be processed in the order in which they were received.

Financial aid applications may not be processed once a term has ended (in other words, students may not be eligible to receive funds for the Fall term if they apply for those funds during the Winter term).

Application Steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the University Aid Application
  3. Accept or decline award

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: March 9, 2018

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the 2018-19 form. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you will need to create an FSA ID before completing the FAFSA. This FSA ID will be your log-in 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.

2. Complete the University Aid Application

Deadline: March 10, 2018

  • Students who do not yet have access to CAESAR may download and complete the 2018-19 University Aid Application. Electronic signatures will not be accepted on the University Aid Application. Please print out the application, complete and sign it, then return it to our office via fax or scan and email.
  • The University Aid Application asks for your Student ID. If you have not yet received your Student ID, please feel free to leave that line blank. This will not impact the processing of your financial aid application.
  • If you have access to CAESAR at the time of your application, you may be able to complete this document online via your To-Do list. Your To-Do List can be reviewed in CAESAR through either the "Tasks" tile on the homepage, or by clicking on the "Financial Aid" tile from the homepage and then selecting "To-Do List" from the left-hand navigation.
  • International students who wish to apply for private student loan funding are not required to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the University Aid Application.

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, our office will begin sending financial award decision emails to your Northwestern email address on a rolling basis beginning April 1, or once we have received the official tuition rates for the upcoming academic year (typically March/April), whichever is later.
  • Student must accept or decline their award package via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

Deadline

Return all completed application materials by March 10, 2017.

Importance of meeting deadlines

Meeting the financial aid application deadlines listed above ensures that students will receive their financial aid award notice, can complete all required loan documentation, and have their funds disburse by the first day of classes. Students who may be admitted after the application deadline are still eligible to apply for and receive financial aid, but they must submit their financial aid application materials within two weeks of when they were admitted.

Students who apply for financial aid after the deadline cannot be guaranteed that financial aid funds will disburse by the first day of class. Applications received after the deadline will be processed in the order in which they were received.

Financial aid applications may not be processed once a term has ended (in other words, students may not be eligible to receive funds for the Fall term if they apply for those funds during the Winter term).

Application Steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the University Aid Application
  3. Accept or decline award

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: March 10, 2017

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the 2017-18 form. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you will need to create an FSA ID before completing the FAFSA. This FSA ID will be your log-in 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.

2. Complete the University Aid Application

Deadline: March 10, 2017

  • Students who do not yet have access to CAESAR may download and complete the 2017-18 University Aid Application. Electronic signatures will not be accepted on the University Aid Application. Please print out the application, complete and sign it, then return it to our office via fax or scan and email.
  • The University Aid Application asks for your Student ID. If you have not yet received your Student ID, please feel free to leave that line blank. This will not impact the processing of your financial aid application.
  • If you have access to CAESAR at the time of your application, you may be able to complete this document online via your To-Do list. Your To-Do List can be reviewed in CAESAR through either the "Tasks" tile on the homepage, or by clicking on the "Financial Aid" tile from the homepage and then selecting "To-Do List" from the left-hand navigation.
  • International students who wish to apply for private student loan funding are not required to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the University Aid Application.

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, our office will begin sending financial award decision emails to your Northwestern email address on a rolling basis beginning April 1, or once we have received the official tuition rates for the upcoming academic year (typically March/April), whichever is later.
  • Student must accept or decline their award package via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.