Early Decision Application Instructions
Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid. Once all materials are received, the Financial Aid Office will review your application to determine aid eligibility. You will be notified of your aid package shortly after your admission decision.
For more information on how we determine aid eligibility, see the Aid Basics & Eligibility section.
If you wish only to apply for federal aid, you need only to complete the FAFSA.
|Task||Submit as early as||Submit no later than||Instructions|
|Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*||October 1||December 1||
|Complete College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS)||October 1||December 1||
|Submit Tax Materials||November 1||December 5||
Your Award Package
If you have financial need, your financial aid package might include a combination of scholarship or grant assistance, student loans, and student employment.
- If you have been offered a loan, you will receive information in June with instructions on how to apply.
- If you would like to submit information regarding a change in your financial situation, please refer to our Special Circumstances Review webpage for instructions.
Upon being admitted to the Early Decision program, the expectation is that you will withdraw any other admission applications and deposit at Northwestern by February 1. While this is considered a binding contract, there is an exception in cases of financial hardship. If the financial aid award makes it impossible for you to attend, please petition the director of financial aid for release from the Early Decision contract.