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Northwestern Scholarships

The University awarded $138 million to undergraduate students in 2014-15, and approximately 45% of undergraduates received a Northwestern University Scholarship. Students who apply for aid will automatically be considered for all forms of institutional assistance listed below. Program and eligibility requirements outlined here are subject to revision based on federal, state and institutional changes to regulations and policies.

Northwestern University Scholarship

The chart below illustrates average Northwestern scholarships awarded to enrolling freshmen in Fall 2016 by their family's Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). The third column reflects only Northwestern grant aid, the fourth column reflects Northwestern grant aid plus state and federal grants (like SEOG and Pell), and the last column reflects all of these items plus private scholarships earned by our students.  Please note that these figures are averages.*

Family Income Percent Receiving NU Aid Average NU Scholarship Avg. Package with NU Scholarship + State and Federal Grants Avg. Package with NU Scholarship, State, Federal Grants & Private Scholarships
$0 - $29,999 96% $46,943 $57,261 $57,544
$30,000 - $59,999 91% $50,510 $58,022 $58,372
$60,000 - $89,999 87% $50,223 $52,323 $52,655
$90,000 - $119,999 78% $45,495 $45,631 $45,844
$120,000 - $149,999 93% $36,908 $36,908 $37,433
$150,000 or more 49% $26,862 $26,862 $27,029

*Families in the higher income ranges may have more than one student enrolled in college to qualify for a scholarship.

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No-Loan Arch Scholarship

Summary: This program begins in 2016-17.  First-time undergraduate students will receive a financial aid package without need-based student loans.  In place of the loan, students will be offered additional Northwestern Scholarship money which will be designated on the award as The Arch Scholarship.

Eligibility: First-time undergraduate students demonstrating institutional need.  Read more about the scholarship in No Loan Packaging Policies.

Award Range: $300 - $9,500.  The University will replace federal need-based loan eligibility with The Arch Scholarship assistance for students who qualify.

No-Loan Pledge Scholarship

Debt Cap Scholarship

QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship

For more information, including deadline dates, please contact QuestBridge directly.

National Merit Scholarship

Founders Scholarship

Fermi Scholarship

To apply for this scholarship, students must fill out the application form, and write a letter stating the reasons why they should receive this scholarship, including GPA and a summary of activities such as research projects and employment. Please send it to our office, to the attention of Carolyn Lindley, along with a letter from Human Resources at Fermi Lab verifying your parent's full-time employment. 

Argonne Scholarship

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit all financial aid application materials, fill out the application form and employment verification form, and write a letter stating the reasons why they should receive this scholarship, including GPA and a summary of activities such as research, projects and employment. Please send the application forms and letter to our office to the attention of Carolyn Lindley. 

Karr Achievement Scholarship

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