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Summer Aid

Financial aid for the Summer Session is available but limited. Summer is the final quarter of an academic year. If you applied for aid during the academic year preceding the summer term, you have already completed most of the required application materials. A summer aid application is also required.

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.


Students who will enroll at Northwestern in at least two units of credit in the summer may apply for federal and/or institutional aid.

Because Northwestern 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:

Exceptions to this policy may be made, so students with special circumstances are encouraged to speak with a financial aid counselor prior to completing their Summer Financial Aid Application.

Visiting students are not eligible for financial assistance from Northwestern. 

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Summer Financial Aid Application, which is available in early spring quarter for the upcoming summer. All summer programs, including study abroad and field studies, use the same summer aid application. Additional documentation may be requested. 

In addition to reviewing the application, our office will:

If you only wish to receive your federal eligibility for the summer term, you are not required to complete the summer financial aid application.

Important Considerations

Students are eligible for up to 12 quarters of institutional financial aid – see Aid Basics & Eligibility 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 Financial Aid Application.

The NU Loan is not available for the summer term.

Students taking summer courses at institutions outside of Northwestern are not eligible to receive any financial aid or loans from the University, with the exception of affiliated summer study abroad programs. Northwestern will not enter into a financial or consortium agreement with another institution for the purposes of processing financial assistance.

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