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Northwestern University

Divorced/Separated Parents

Determination of institutional financial aid eligibility is based on the expectation that both biological/adoptive parents will contribute financially to their student’s education.  The University requires information from both parents when applying for need-based financial aid.

The custodial parent (and step-parent, if applicable) should complete the FAFSA and College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile with their information. Please see Apply for Aid for more information.

Once the CSS Profile is completed indicated that the biological parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, this will initiate a requirement for the CSS Noncustodial Profile. CSS will send an e-mail with information and a link to complete the Non-Custodial Parent Profile. This will need to be forwarded to the parent.

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