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Application Deadlines

Your application deadline will vary depending on admission application group. Please be sure to follow these deadlines to ensure you receive your financial aid award in a timely manner. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you need assistance.

Early Decision Deadlines

Task Submit as early as Submit no later than
Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)* October 1 December 1

Complete the CSS Profile

If your biological/adoptive parents are divorced or separated, your custodial and your noncustodial parentwill each need to complete a separate Profile application.

October 1 December 1
Submit Tax Materials through IDOC November 1 December 5

For more information regarding the Early Decision application requirements and deadlines, please visit our Early Decision Application Instructions page.

Regular Decision Deadlines

Task Submit as early as Submit no later than
Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)* October 1 February 15

Complete the CSS Profile

If your biological/adoptive parents are divorced or separated, your custodial and your noncustodial parentwill each need to complete a separate Profile application.

October 1 February 15
Submit Tax Materials through IDOC November 1 March 1

For more information regarding the Regular Decision application requirements and deadlines, please visit our Regular Decision Application Instructions page.

Transfer Student Deadlines

Task Submit as early as Submit no later than
Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)* October 1 March 15

Complete the CSS Profile

If your biological/adoptive parents are divorced or separated, your custodial and your noncustodial parentwill each need to complete a separate Profile application.

October 1  

April 15

Submit Tax Materials through IDOC

March 1

April 15

For more information regarding the Transfer Student application requirements and deadlines, please visit our Transfer Student Application Instructions page.

*If you wish only to apply for federal aid, you just need to complete and submit the FAFSA.

International Student Deadlines

Task Date Due

Complete the CSS Profile 

If your biological/adoptive parents are divorced or separated, your custodial and your noncustodial parentwill each need to complete a separate Profile application.

Regular Decision:Feb 15

Early Decision:Dec 1

Submit Tax Materials via secure document upload.  All document submissions should include a completed cover sheet.

Regular Decision:Feb 15

Early Decision:Dec 1

International students must understand the requirements when applying for financial aid, please visit our International Student Application Instructions page for more information.

Returning Students

Current Northwestern students applying for financial aid should submit all documents (ex. W-2 forms and special circumstance documentation) directly to the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid rather than utilizing the College Board's IDOC service. For more information regarding the application requirements and deadlines, please visit our First Time & Renewal Application Instructions page.

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