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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 Stafford Loan or Pell Grant) are limited to 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 at least 2 units of credit. Students visiting Northwestern while pursuing their degree from another institution are not eligible for financial aid.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Summer Financial Aid Application which is made available on this page in early spring quarter. All summer programs, including study abroad and field studies, use the same summer aid application. Additional documentation may be requested. 

Those who have not previously applied for aid should contact us to learn what types of aid they might be eligible for and what additional forms will be necessary.

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

Important Considerations

Students are eligible for up to 12 quarters of institutional financial aid – see Aid Basics & Eligibility for more information. Receiving a Northwestern Scholarship during the summer will count as one of those quarters. If you need an additional quarter of aid at the end of your Northwestern career and are beyond 12 quarters, you will then need to petition the financial aid office.

Financial aid is contingent on enrollment status. Our office monitors the enrollment status of summer aid recipients throughout the term and may adjust financial aid awards if actual enrollment differs from the expected enrollment reported on the Summer Financial Aid Application.

The NU Loan is not available for the summer term.

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 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.

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