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School of Professional Studies Undergraduate Programs

Below you will see an overview of the financial aid application process for School of Professional Studies (SPS) Undergraduate students.

Jump to program-specific instructions:

Degree or professional health career programs

Students must be enrolled in at least two courses per term in order to receive federal loan assistance. Students in the Professional Health Certificate and preparatory coursework completion programs will be awarded federal loan assistance (assuming they meet all federal requirements for aid) for courses required in their specific certificate program only. Professional Health students cannot receive federal aid for elective coursework. You can find more information about enrollment requirements on our website.

To be considered for all available financial assistance, return all completed application materials by your "first term of enrollment" deadline date listed below. Students admitted after the application deadline for their first term of enrollment must submit their financial aid application materials within two weeks of when they were admitted.

Students who miss their application deadline may still apply for aid after the deadline has passed, but their award may not be released until after the start of the academic term and will be subject to availability of funding.

Deadlines

2019-20 Undergradute SPS Application Deadlines
First Term of Enrollment Deadline Date
Fall 2019 July 15, 2019
Winter 2020 November 11, 2019
Spring 2020 February 10, 2020
Summer 2020 April 27, 2020

Students whose applications are completed after the "first term of enrollment date" may need to use their own resources to pay the tuition deposit required for registration (60% for SPS students). These students can reimburse themselves with their financial aid later in the term.

A student's full financial aid application must be reviewed and their award must be issued in order to be added the SPS financial aid list. Students admitted after the financial aid deadline may contact the SPS Registrar at (312) 503-6951 or onlinereg@northwestern.edu to determine if they may register without being on the financial aid list due to late admission.

Application steps

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

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: Depends on the enrollment term. See table above.

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online 2019-20 form. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you will need to set up an FSA ID 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.
  • If you are considered Federally Dependent, you must submit parent information on the FAFSA and have your parent sign the application with their FSA ID.
  • 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.

Note: Illinois residents should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2019 to be considered for an Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant.

International students who wish to apply for private student loan funding are not required to complete the FAFSA.

2. Complete the University Aid Application

Deadline: Depends on the enrollment term. See table above.

Students may access this document online via their CAESAR To-Do list for the 2019-20 academic year after mid-March 2019, or within a week of when you were admitted, whichever is later. 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.

The University Aid Application is the only financial aid application form needed from international students. Once the University Aid Application has been submitted, the FAFSA should be removed from your To-Do list within 2-3 business days. If it is not removed within that timeframe, please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid.

3. Accept or decline your award package

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

Non-Degree, Bridge-to Programs, Professional Development, and other certificate programs

Students in these programs need only fill out the 2019-20 University Aid Application to be considered for aid.

Jump to program-specific instructions:

Degree or professional health career programs

Students must be enrolled in at least two courses per term in order to receive federal loan assistance. Students in the Professional Health Certificate and preparatory coursework completion programs will be awarded federal loan assistance (assuming they meet all federal requirements for aid) for courses required in their specific certificate program only. Professional Health students cannot receive federal aid for elective coursework.

To be considered for all available financial assistance, return all completed application materials by your "first term of enrollment" deadline date listed below. Students admitted after the application deadline for their first term of enrollment must submit their financial aid application materials within two weeks of when they were admitted.

Students who miss their application deadline may still apply for aid after the deadline has passed, but their award may not be released until after the start of the academic term and will be subject to availability of funding.

Deadlines

2018-19 Undergradute SPS Application Deadlines
First Term of Enrollment Deadline Date
Fall 2018 July 12, 2018
Winter 2019 November 9, 2018
Spring 2019 February 8, 2019
Summer 2019 April 26, 2019

Students whose applications are completed after the "first term of enrollment date" may need to use their own resources to pay the tuition deposit required for registration (60% for SPS students). These students can reimburse themselves with their financial aid later in the term.

A student's full financial aid application must be reviewed and their award must be issued in order to be added the SPS financial aid list. Students admitted after the financial aid deadline may contact the SPS Registrar at (312) 503-6951 or onlinereg@northwestern.edu to determine if they may register without being on the financial aid list due to late admission.

Application steps

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

1. Complete the FAFSA

Deadline: Depends on the enrollment term. See table above.

  • Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website and complete the online 2018-19 form. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you will need to set up an FSA ID 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.
  • If you are considered Federally Dependent, you must submit parent information on the FAFSA and have your parent sign the application with their FSA ID.
  • 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.

Note: Illinois residents should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2018 to be considered for an Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant.

2. Complete the University Aid Application

Deadline: Depends on the enrollment term. See table above.

Students may access this document online via their To-Do list for the 2018-19 academic year in CAESAR on or after April 1, 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.

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

Non-Degree, Bridge-to Programs, Professional Development, and other certificate programs

Students in these programs need only fill out the 2018-19 University Aid Application to be considered for aid.