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Northwestern Parent Loan

The Northwestern Parent Loan is a financing option available to parents of undergraduate students.

  • Who Can Borrow: Parents or legal guardians with satisfactory credit history are the primary borrowers of this loan, which is administered by the Northwestern University's Student Finance Office.  The Northwestern Parent Loan is not available for the summer term.
  • Lender: Northwestern University
  • Loan Amount: Up to the cost of attendance, minus any other aid the student has received. There are no application or loan fees associated with this loan.
  • Interest Rate: The interest rate is variable. The interest rate is 4.5% for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
  • Repayment Terms: Repayment of both principal and interest begins within 45 days of the initial disbursement and can extend up to a maximum of ten years.
  • Deferment: Not available.
  • Application Instructions: The Northwestern Loan application is available online. Students must initiate the process by completing the student portion of the NU Loan application through CAESAR (CAESAR > Student Homepage > Financial Aid > Institutional Loan Application). Once the student initiates the process, the parent borrower will receive an ID and password for the online Northwestern Loan Application (NLA) to complete your application.