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Applying for financial aid, including scholarships, is separate from the admissions process. The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid awards scholarships on a combined basis of merit and financial need, while the Chicago Office of Financial Aid packages loan funding.

Note this information applies to domestic JD students only, including early decision, transfer, and 2-Year domestic JD. 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.

All applicants who will not be 26 years old or older as of September 1, 2021 will be considered NU Dependent for the purpose of institutional scholarship eligibility and will be required to submit parental information in the Law Entering University Aid Application.

Students who wish to apply for scholarships only must complete the University Aid Application and the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application. Students who to apply for both scholarships and loans must complete the University Aid Application, the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application and the FAFSA.


Deadlines

All financial aid application materials must be submitted by March 1, 2021 (or, if admitted after this date, within seven days of admission).

Application Materials

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the Law Entering University Aid Application
  3. Complete the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application through the Admissions Office
  4. Accept or decline award

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: March 1

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online 2021-22 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.
  • International students are not required to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the Law Entering University Aid Application and the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application.

2. Complete the Law Entering University Aid Application

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.

Deadline: March 1

  • 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.
  • 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, 2017, 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.
  • To complete the application, you will need:
    • A copy of your (the student) 2019 federal tax return
    • A copy of your parent(s) 2019 federal tax return, if you are considered NU Dependent
    • Information about your assets and your parent(s) assets, including investments, businesses, homes, trusts, and vehicles
  • International students are not required to complete the FAFSA and are only required to complete the Law Entering University Aid Application and the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application.

The Law Entering University Aid Application and the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application are used to assist in determining eligibility for institutional scholarships for regular JD students. 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 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.

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

Deadline: March 1

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" as well as on the separate financial aid email you will receive from the Admissions Office shortly after you are admitted. If you have any questions about completing the Scholarship and Grant Supplemental Application, please contact the Admissions Office.


Early Decision, transfer, 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 FAFSA and the short-form University Aid Application.

4. Financial Aid Notification/Next Steps

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive your award notice email

The Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid releases scholarship notifications throughout the spring, starting in March.

Preliminary financial aid offers for students who complete application materials for scholarships and loans 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 the loan assistance offered to you. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.