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Undocumented Students Application Instructions

Undocumented students wishing to apply for financial aid at Northwestern should submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application and federal tax returns or a Non-Tax Filer Statement, along with documentation of household income. Students who are Illinois residents will also need to complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. More information about state aid available through this program can be found on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission website. Other additional materials may be requested, as needed. The Financial Aid Committee will use these forms to establish the family contribution  and to determine eligibility for Northwestern need-based scholarship assistance.


We encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions or would like to discuss your circumstances with a financial aid counselor.

Task Date Due Instructions
Complete College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS)

Regular Decision:Feb 1

Early Decision:Dec 1

  • Visit the College Board website, register and complete the Profile. Northwestern’s CSS code is 1565.
  • Once processed, you will receive a Data Confirmation Report. Any corrections must be submitted directly to our office.
  • If your biological/adoptive parents are divorced or separated, your custodial and your noncustodial parent will each need to complete a separate Profile application. If you have no contact with your noncustodial parent, contact our office.
Submit Tax Materials 

Regular Decision:Feb 5

Early Decision:Dec 5

  • After completing the CSS Profile, the College Board will provide instructions for submitting the custodial parents’ and the student’s federal tax returns and W-2s.
  • These signed forms must be sent to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC), not the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid.
  • Those not required to file federal tax returns should complete the appropriate Non-Tax Filer's Statement on the IDOC site and, upon request, may be required to later send a written explanation of your circumstances to our office.

Your Award Package

You will receive your financial aid decision shortly after your admission decision.