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Aid Basics & Eligibility

Financial aid overview and eligibility requirements

Northwestern offers aid based on demonstrated financial need. A variety of other financing options are available for those who are not eligible for need-based aid.

In addition, to be eligible for federal and institutional assistance, students must be:

Under normal circumstances, university aid is available for up to 4 years of enrollment, although there is an appeal process described here. Students in a pre-approved five-year program may be eligible for up to 5 years of institutional aid. Federal aid, which is available for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents, may be available for a longer period.

Northwestern will not enter into a financial or consortium agreement with another institution for the purposes of processing financial assistance.