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Summer Aid

Summer is the final quarter of an academic year. If you applied for aid during the preceding academic year, you have already completed most of the required application materials.

Federal sources of aid (such as the Pell Grant or loans) are limited to your remaining eligibility from the current academic year. University aid (such as the Northwestern Scholarship) is dependent upon funds remaining after all financial awards have been finalized for the academic year.


Most forms of aid require you to be enrolled in at least 2 units of credit. We will monitor summer enrollment and may adjust your financial aid award if your actual enrollment differs from the expected enrollment reported on the Summer Financial Aid Application.

Summer costs vary based on your specific enrollment and length of study, so the amount of aid you receive in the summer may be different from a regular quarter. Our office will make every effort to ensure that your summer scholarship assistance remains proportional to a regular quarter.

Students are eligible for up to four years of university financial aid including summer enrollment. Please consider enrolling during the summer as a means of graduating in four years.

Students visiting Northwestern while pursuing their degree from another institution are not eligible for financial aid. 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 Northwestern or 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.

How to Apply

Submit the summer aid application below. All summer programs, including study abroad and field studies, use the same summer aid application. Additional documentation may be requested. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and award notifications are typically sent within 2-3 weeks after submission.

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

Students who have not previously applied for aid should contact us to learn what additional forms are necessary and what types of aid you may be eligible to receive.

Summer 2020

The summer aid application will be available on this page by April 1.

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