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Northwestern Scholarships

The University awarded $190 million to undergraduate students in 2018-19, and approximately half of undergraduates received a Northwestern University Scholarship. Students who apply for aid will automatically be considered for all forms of aid listed below. Program and eligibility requirements are subject to revision based on federal, state and university changes to regulations and policies. Financial aid from the university is limited to four years of enrollment for an entering first-year student and three years of enrollment for an entering transfer student. For more information on the four-year limit, see satisfactory academic progress.

Northwestern University Scholarship

The chart below illustrates average Northwestern scholarships awarded to enrolling freshmen in Fall 2018 by their family's Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). The third column reflects only Northwestern grant aid, the fourth column reflects Northwestern grant aid plus state and federal grants (like SEOG and Pell), and the last column reflects all of these items plus private scholarships earned by our students.  Please note that these figures are averages.*

Family Income Percent Receiving NU Aid Average NU Scholarship Avg. Package with NU Scholarship + State and Federal Grants Avg. Package with NU Scholarship, State, Federal Grants & Private Scholarships
$0 - $29,999 93% $57,471 $67,377 $68,144
$30,000 - $59,999 99% $59,427 $66,104 $67,224
$60,000 - $89,999 95% $56,382 $58,329 $59,386
$90,000 - $119,999 85% $47,921 $48,036 $49,527
$120,000 - $149,999 87% $42,205 $42,262 $43,251
$150,000 or more 48% $28,770 $28,817 $29,715

*Families in the higher income ranges may have more than one student enrolled in college to qualify for a scholarship.

Northwestern Endowed Scholarships

Students who are eligible for need-based Northwestern Scholarship may receive a named endowed scholarship. These scholarships are established by individuals who care deeply about the University and its mission. Some donors are NU alumni, who were themselves the beneficiaries of student aid. An endowed scholarship can establish a direct connection between you and the donor; most donors welcome the opportunity to meet or correspond with the students who receive their awards. Please note that:

Good Neighbor, Great University

QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship

National Merit Scholarship

Founders Scholarship

Fermi Scholarship

To apply for this scholarship, students must fill out the application form, and write a letter stating the reasons why they should receive this scholarship, including GPA and a summary of activities such as research projects and employment. Please send it to our office along with a letter from Human Resources at Fermi Lab verifying your parent's full-time employment. 

Argonne Scholarship

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit all financial aid application materials, fill out the application form and employment verification form, and write a letter stating the reasons why they should receive this scholarship, including GPA and a summary of activities such as research, projects and employment. Please send the application forms and letter to our office

Karr Achievement Scholarship

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