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How it Works

Where to begin

Receiving aid

Students must first apply for aid. Once their application is processed, students will receive a financial aid award notice. Students must accept or decline this award to complete the process.

Maintaining financial aid eligibility

Students must maintain certain academic standards in their program of study to receive federal funds. Learn more about this criteria in the satisfactory academic progress policy section.

Changes to your academic status may affect eligibility. See Changes to Enrollment and Withdrawals for more information.

Procedures and requirements

Federal verification

Verification is the process by which Northwestern University confirms accuracy of the data reported on an individual student's FAFSA. If you've been selected for this process, view the Federal Verification page for information on what to expect.