Financial aid is very limited for the Summer Session. Federal sources of aid (such as the Stafford Loan or Pell Grant) are limited to a student's remaining eligibility from the current academic year. Institutional aid (such as the Northwestern Scholarship) is dependent upon funds remaining after all financial awards have been finalized for the academic year.
Because scholarship funding is so limited for summer, preference is given to students who demonstrate a real need to attend Summer Session. Typically, the highest priority is given to:
- Students who must take summer classes to graduate on time or at the end of summer.
- Students who wish to participate in programs only offered during the summer.
Visiting students are not eligible for financial assistance from Northwestern.
How to Apply
Students are required to complete and submit the Summer Financial Aid Application, which will be available beginning March 1 for the upcoming summer. All summer programs, including study abroad and field studies, use the same Summer Session application. Additional documentation may be required.
In addition to reviewing the application, our office will:
- Review the financial aid materials submitted for the standard academic year to determine an appropriate family contribution. Those who have not previously applied for aid should contact us to learn what types of aid they might be eligible for and what additional forms will be necessary.
- In some cases, contact an applicant's dean to help to prioritize the distribution of any available scholarship assistance.
If you only wish to receive your federal eligibility for the summer term, you are not required to complete the summer financial aid application.
Students receive only 12 quarters of aid eligibility – see Aid Basics for more information. Receiving a Northwestern Scholarship during the summer may count as one of those quarters. You will be notified on your summer award if that is the case.
Financial aid is contingent on enrollment status. Our office monitors the enrollment status of summer aid recipients throughout the term and may adjust financial aid awards if actual enrollment differs from the expected enrollment reported on the Summer Session Financial Aid Application.
The NU Loan is not available for the summer term.
Students attending summer programs at insitutions outside of Northwestern are not eligible to receive any financial aid from the University. Northwestern will not enter into a financial or consortium agreement with another institution for the purposes of processing financial assistance.