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International Students (All Programs)

Below is an overview of the financial aid application process for returning international students.

The information on this page applies to the following programs:

Note: Students in SPS non-degree and professional development programs need only complete the 2020-21 University Aid Application.

Deadlines

Students are encouraged to return all completed application materials by the deadline listed below. For programs that list deadlines by term, your application deadline is based on the first term for which you are applying for financial aid for the academic year.

2018-19 deadlines based on program
Program Deadline
Feinberg School of Medicine (MD program) April 1, 2020
Pritzker School of Law ELLM in Chicago: April 1, 2020
JD, JD-MBA, Tax-LLM: May 1, 2020
Residential and Online MSL: June 1, 2020
Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA Program Summer: May 15, 2020
Fall: August 10, 2020
Winter: December 1, 2020
Spring: March 1, 2021
Physical Therapy Program May 1, 2020
Prosthetics/Orthotics Program May 1, 2020
Physician Assistant Program May 1, 2020
SPS (graduate and undergraduate programs) Fall: July 10, 2020
Winter: November 9, 2020
Spring: February 8, 2021
Summer: April 26, 2021

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 apply for financial aid after their 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 University Aid Application

Students may access this document online via their To-Do list for the 2020-21 academic year in CAESAR in mid-March 2020. 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 loan assistance

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive financial aid eligibility notification

  • After you submit all application materials, Northwestern will determine your aid package. Learn more about how aid is determined.
  • Next, our office will send financial aid eligibility notification emails detailing your financial aid package. Your package will likely include private international student loans.
  • Student must accept or decline any loan assistance offered to them via CAESAR. Learn more about the steps to accept or decline.

3. Apply or re-apply for your private student loan

If you have been offered a private international student loan on your award notice, you must complete the application and be approved 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 U.S. citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your financial aid eligibility notification email.

Note: Students in SPS non-degree and professional development programs need only complete the 2019-20 University Aid Application.

Deadlines

Students are encouraged to return all completed application materials by the deadline listed below. For programs that list deadlines by term, your application deadline is based on the first term for which you are applying for financial aid for the academic year.

2019-20 deadlines based on program
Program Deadline
Feinberg School of Medicine (MD program) April 1, 2019
Pritzker School of Law ELLM in Chicago: April 1, 2019
JD, JD-MBA, Tax-LLM: May 1, 2019
Residential and Online MSL: July 1, 2019
Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA Program Summer: May 15, 2019
Fall: August 9, 2019
Winter: November 29, 2019
Spring: March 2, 2020
Physical Therapy Program May 1, 2019
Prosthetics/Orthotics Program May 1, 2019
Physician Assistant Program May 1, 2019
SPS (graduate and undergraduate programs) Fall: July 12, 2019
Winter: November 8, 2019
Spring: February 7, 2020
Summer: April 27, 2020

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 apply for financial aid after their 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 University Aid Application

Students may access this document online via their To-Do list for the 2019-20 academic year in CAESAR in mid-March 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

Deadline: As soon as possible after you receive award notice

3. Apply or re-apply for your private student loan

If you have been offered a private international 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 international students interested in obtaining a private student loan may need a credit-worthy U.S. citizen/permanent resident cosigner. Additional information about this process will be included on your Award Notification email.