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What Northwestern Fin Aid Are You Eligible For?

Rather than paying the full sticker price for a college education, most students receive a financial aid package that eases the burden with scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study options, while the amount and type of aid may vary among students.

The amount of financial assistance and scholarships or grants you can get varies based on your circumstances. Keep reading to learn more to help you to know just how much aid and scholarships to expect from Northwestern.

Here you’ll Discover:

What Proportion of Students at Northwestern Benefit from Financial Aid?

Northwestern University average financial aid offer for freshmen students is $50,310.00. Approximately 66% of incoming freshmen obtain financial assistance, with the majority being offered as grants and scholarships.


Is it a Discount?

Loans are included in the umbrella of ‘financial aid’, even so, the only true discount from the cost of college is a grant or scholarship that you don’t have to pay back.

What About Student Loans?

A loan is not a legitimate college discount, but rather an outcome to consider. See how much student loan debt from Northwestern University you may end up taking on.

How Much Northwestern Aid Will I Get That I Don’t Have to Pay Back?

Colleges and universities offer institutional scholarships and grants as financial assistance to help students cover tuition fees and other educational costs. These awards, which do not require repayment, can be merit-based or need-based. Merit-based institutional scholarships recognize students who have exceptional academic records, special talents, or skills in particular areas. Eligibility for these scholarships often depends on factors such as a student’s high school performance, standardized test scores, or involvement in extracurricular activities. In contrast, need-based institutional grants are designed for students who show financial need. The amount awarded usually depends on the student’s family’s financial condition and aims.

The following numbers apply to scholarships and grants largely offered by the school itself.

61% of first-year students (1214 total) were offered scholarships at Northwestern University, averaging $47,524.00 per person. This puts it the top 25th percentile among colleges and universities nationwide.

In addition to scholarships, 20% of first-year students (409 total) got federal grant aid, averaging $6,742.00 per person.


Financial Aid per Family Income

The next table displays grant and scholarship distributions by family income for freshman students getting any kind of federally-funded Title IV aid, such as Federal PLUS loans.

Income LevelPercent of FreshmanAverage Assistance
Income 0-30k2.59%$78,409.00
Income 30k-48k5.03%$77,737.00
Income 48k-75k7.23%$72,805.00
Income 75k-110k7.18%$62,968.00
Income 110k +17.60%$36,994.00

Title IV Aid

The table above displays undergrads who are obtaining Title IV aid, federal aid from the government including loans, grants or work-study. Learn more here.

The Standard Undergraduate Receiving a Grant or Scholarship Obtains $50,310.00.

66% of the 2006 undergraduates at Northwestern University receive some sort of grant aid. This is a total of about 1216 students getting an average of $50,310.00 per person.

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