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

The information on this page goes over how students will apply for institutional scholarship/fellowship funding as well as private student loan funding. Bear in mind that students who are interested in obtaining a private student loan must typically have a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner on the loan.

 

Student financial aid applications are due by the dates listed below (or, if admitted after these dates, within seven days of admission).

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jd (including early decision, transfer, and 2-year)JD-MBA ELLM in Chicago LLM and Tax-LLMLLM IHRfull-time residential MSLPart-time residential and online MSL

All JD

NOTE: Early Decision, transfer JD, and 2-Year JD students should contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request a PDF copy of our short-form University Aid Application in place of the more in-depth Law Entering University Aid Application. Be sure to note to our office that you are an Early Decision, transfer JD, or 2-Year JD student.

1. Complete the Law Entering University Application

Deadline: March 1, 2019

  • The Law 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.
  • Complete the parent section(s) if you are classified as NU Dependent and wish to be considered for institutional scholarship funding.
    • If your parents are currently separated or were divorced after September 1, 2015, 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.
  • All JD applicants who will not be 26 years old or older as of September 1, 2018 will be considered NU Dependent for the purpose of institutional scholarship eligibility and will be required to submit parental information in the University Aid Application.
  • To complete the application, you will need:
    • A copy of your (the student) 2017 federal or foreign tax return
    • A copy of your parent(s) 2017 federal or foreign tax return, if you are considered NU Dependent
    • Information about your assets and your parent(s) assets, including investments, businesses, homes, trusts, and vehicles

The Law Entering University Aid Application and the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application are 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 private student loans, then you only need to complete 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 Law 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 emailed to you.

2. Complete the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application through the Admissions Office

Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application is available on the Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid's Admitted Student website. This site is linked in your decision letter under "Financial Aid". If you have any questions about completing the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application, please contact the Admissions Office

Early Decision, transfer JD, and 2-Year JD students do not need to complete the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application; a complete financial aid application for these students consists of the short-form University Aid Application.

3. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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, starting in March. 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.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private student loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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JD-MBA

1. Complete the Law Entering University Aid Application

Deadlines:

  • Round 1 admits: November 21, 2018
  • Round 2 admits: March 1, 2019
  • Round 3 admits: May 1, 2019

The University Aid Application can be completed online. Northwestern Law considers all JD-MBA applicants independent so parental information is not required. However, if you are married, spousal information must be submitted on the Law Entering University Aid Application.

The Law Entering University Aid 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 private student loans, then you only need to complete 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 Law 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 emailed to you.

2. Review financial aid package and accept or decline award

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.

Scholarship award notices are typically sent out via email at the time of admission, provided that students met the above stated financial aid application deadline. 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. Once the preliminary package is released, no additional steps are needed with regards to financial aid until you receive your official financial aid package notification email from the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

Official packages are sent via email during the summer before classes begin, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. Once you receive notification that your official package is ready to review in CAESAR, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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ELLM in Chicago

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: April 2, 2019

Students may access the electronic 2019-20 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2019. 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. If you are unable to access this document via your To-Do list, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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.

All students admitted to the ELLM in Chicago program will be considered for fellowships on the basis of academic merit. No separate financial aid application is required to be considered for a fellowship. The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid releases fellowship notifications throughout the spring.

Official financial aid packages are sent via email on a rolling basis by the Chicago Office of Financial Aid beginning in mid-April, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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LLM and Tax-LLM

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: May 1, 2019

Students may access the electronic 2019-20 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2019. 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. If you are unable to access this document via your To-Do list, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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.

All students admitted to the LLM and LLM in Taxation programs will be considered for fellowships on the basis of academic merit. No separate financial aid application is required to be considered for a scholarship. The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid releases fellowship notifications throughout the spring.

Official financial aid packages are sent via email on a rolling basis by the Chicago Office of Financial Aid beginning in early summer, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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LLM IHR

The institutional fellowship application process for LLM IHR applicants (step 1 below) is separate from the private student loan application process (step 2 below). Bear in mind that the due dates for the Admission Office's fellowship application may be different than the due date of the Chicago Office of Financial Aid's University Aid Application.

1. Complete the Fellowship Application through the Admissions Office

Deadline: February 1, 2019

The Fellowship Application is available on the Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid's Admitted Student website. This site is linked in your decision letter under "Financial Aid". If you have any questions about completing the Fellowship Application, please contact the Admissions Office.


2. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: May 1, 2019

Students may access the electronic 2019-20 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2019. 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. If you are unable to access this document via your To-Do list, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

3. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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 fellowship notifications throughout the spring.

Official financial aid packages are sent via email on a rolling basis by the Chicago Office of Financial Aid beginning in early summer, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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Full-Time Residential MSL

The institutional fellowship application process for full-time residential MSL applicants (step 1 below) is separate from the private student loan application process (step 2 below). Bear in mind that the due dates for the Admission Office's scholarship application may be different than the due date of the Chicago Office of Financial Aid's University Aid Application.

1. Complete the Scholarship Application through the Admissions Office

Deadline: Indicated in your financial aid email from Admissions

The Scholarship Application is available on the Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid's Admitted Student website. This site is linked in your decision letter under "Financial Aid". If you have any questions about completing the Fellowship Application, please contact the Admissions Office.

2. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: June 3, 2019

Students may access the electronic 2019-20 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2019, or within 2 business days of when you were admitted. 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. If you are unable to access this document via your To-Do list, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

3. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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.

The Chicago Office of Financial Aid reviews all financial aid applications in the order in which they are received. Official packages are sent out via email on a rolling basis beginning in early summer or within 4-6 weeks of when you applied, whichever is later. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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Part-Time Residential and Online MSL

Part-time residential and online MSL students are not eligible for institutional scholarship funding.

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadlines:

  • Residential MSL students: June 3, 2019 (or, if admitted after this date, within two weeks of admission)
  • Online MSL students starting in Fall 2019: July 1, 2019 (or, if admitted after this date, within two weeks of admission)
  • Online MSL students starting in Spring 2020: November 1, 2019 (or, if admitted after this date, within two weeks of admission)

Students may access the electronic 2019-20 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2019, or typically within two business days of being admitted. 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.

If you are unable to access this document via your To-Do list by March 15, 2019 or within two business days of when you received your CAESAR log-in information from Admissions, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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 Chicago Office of Financial Aid reviews all financial aid applications in the order in which they are received. Official packages are sent out via email on a rolling basis beginning in early summer or within 4-6 weeks of when you applied, whichever is later. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that international students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

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JDJD-MBA ELLM in Chicago LLM, LLM-IHR, Tax-LLMMSL

JD

1. Complete the Law Entering University Application

Deadline: March 1, 2018

  • The University Aid Application is available online.
  • All JD applicants who will not be 26 years old or older as of September 1, 2018 will be considered NU Dependent for the purpose of institutional scholarship eligibility and will be required to submit parental information in the University Aid Application.

Early Decision and transfer JD students should contact our office to request a PDF copy of our short-form University Aid Application in place of the more in-depth Law Entering University Aid Application. Be sure to note to our office that you are an Early Decision or transfer JD student.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that international students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

JD-MBA

1. Complete the Law Entering University Aid Application

Deadline: January 17, 2018

  • The University Aid Application is available online.
    • Northwestern Law considers all JD-MBA applicants independent so parental information is not required. However, if you are married, spousal information must be submitted on the University Aid Application.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that international students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

ELLM in Chicago

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: April 2, 2018

Students may access the electronic 2018-19 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2018. 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. If you are unable to access this document via your To-Do list, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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 and fellowship notifications throughout the spring. Official financial aid packages are sent via email on a rolling basis beginning in mid-April, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that international students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

LLM, LLM-IHR, and Tax-LLM

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Students may access the electronic 2018-19 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2018. 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. If you are unable to access this document via your To-Do list, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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 and fellowship notifications throughout the spring. Official financial aid packages are sent via email on a rolling basis throughout the summer, but only if a student submits a tuition deposit. If you have demonstrated institutional financial need, your financial aid package may include a combination of private student loans.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that international students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.

MSL

1. Submit the University Aid Application via CAESAR

Deadlines:

  • Residential MSL students: June 1, 2018 (or, if admitted after this date, within two weeks of admission)
  • Online MSL students starting in Fall 2018: July 1, 2018 (or, if admitted after this date, within two weeks of admission)
  • Online MSL students starting in Spring 2019: November 1, 2018 (or, if admitted after this date, within two weeks of admission)

Students may access the electronic 2018-19 University Aid Application via their To-Do list in CAESAR on or after March 15, 2018. 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.

If you are unable to access this document via your To-Do list by March 15, 2018 or within two business days of when you received your CAESAR log-in information from Admissions, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

2. Accept or decline your award package via CAESAR

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 to full-time residential MSL students throughout the spring. The Chicago Office of Financial Aid reviews all financial aid applications in the order in which they are received. Official packages are sent out via email on a rolling basis beginning in early summer.

Once you receive notification, you must accept or decline your financial aid award. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply for a private loan via your lender's website

If you have been offered a private international loan on your award notice, you must complete the application for the loan program of your choice through the lender's website. This online application must be completed each academic year in order to receive funds for this loan. Be advised that international students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy US citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.