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JD-MBA Students

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

Northwestern Law considers all JD-MBA applicants independent and does not require parental information. However, if you are married, spousal information must be submitted.

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

Students must submit all completed application materials by the deadline listed below based on the round in which they were admitted:

Deadlines

Admission Round Deadline
Round 1 November 21, 2018
Round 2 March 1, 2019
Round 3 May 1, 2019

Students who submit their application materials after the stated deadline will be considered for financial aid but may not qualify for all financial aid programs based on the availability of funds.

Application Steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the Law Entering University Aid Application
  3. Review financial aid package and accept or decline award

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: By deadline noted above

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online 2019-20 application. 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.

2. Complete the Law Entering University Aid Application

Deadline: By deadline noted above

  • The 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.
    • 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.
  • International students are not require to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the 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 federal student loans, then you only need to complete the FAFSA (unless you’re an international applicant) along with our 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.

3. 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.

Preliminary financial aid packages and 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. 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.

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.

Deadlines

All financial aid application materials must be submitted by January 17, 2018.

Application Steps

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

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: January 17

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online 2018-19 application. 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.

If you do not wish to be considered for loan funding but do wish to apply only for institutional scholarship funding, you are not required to complete the FAFSA. Please email the Chicago Office of Financial Aid to request that the FAFSA be removed from your To-Do list in CAESAR and then contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pritzker Law for more information about the steps needed to apply for institutional scholarship funding.

2. Complete the Law Entering University Aid Application

Deadline: January 17

  • 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.
  • International students are not require to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the 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 federal student loans, then you only need to complete the FAFSA (unless you’re an international applicant) along with our 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.

3. Accept or decline your award package

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 Winter and Spring, starting in January. 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 that your official financial aid 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.