Discounts and grants
These discounts are available to Traditional Undergraduate students. Discount awards are prorated for student taking less than a full-time credit load (12+). Undergraduate Online Learning course credits do not apply.
Christian Worker Discount: $1,500
Students with at least one parent employed full-time as pastor or missionary are eligible.
Legacy Discount: $1,500
Students with at least one parent who is an alumna/us of University of Northwestern are eligible. Students may receive both the Christian Worker Discount and the Legacy Discount.
Like discounts and scholarships, grants are a form of gift aid that does not need to be repaid. Grant awards are prorated for student taking less than a full-time credit load (12+), with the exception of the MN State Grant which requires a minimum of 15+ credits to receive the full MN State Grant.
Federal and State Grants
Federal Pell Grant: $598 to $5,815
Federal Pell entitlement grant is awarded to students based on their financial need demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): $300 to $4,000
FSEOG is available to students who are Pell Grant eligible. If a student is Pell eligible buts does not get the FSEOG, the student may be awarded a Northwestern Grant or MN State Grant (for MN residents) instead. FSEOG is not available for Undergraduate Online Learning or FOCUS courses.
Minnesota State Grant: $100 to $11,753
MN State entitlement grant is awarded to students meeting State criteria for eligibility including but not limited to:
- Financial need demonstrated by the FAFSA.
- Graduate from a Minnesota high school or living in MN for 12 consecutive months without attending a post-secondary school.
- MN State Grant awards are prorated for student taking less than a full-time credit load (15+), which in some case could be a total loss of State Grant for the term.
- Students may receive the MN State Grant for the first eight semesters of full-time equivalent attendance.
- Active military service or major medical illnesses are circumstances which may be reason for deferring with regard to the eight full-time semester limit. Contact the financial aid office if withdrawing from Northwestern for these reasons.
Minnesota Dream Act: $5,560
Students who meet the definition of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are not eligible to receive federal aid, but may be eligible for state financial aid through the Minnesota Dream Act. To apply students must complete the online MN Dream Act-State Financial Aid application.
In addition to Dream Act funding, students may also be eligible to receive UNW scholarships and the UNW Grant.
University of Northwestern Grants
UNW Grant: $300 to $14,000
The UNW grant is awarded based on financial need demonstrated on the FAFSA, and after all other financial aid is taken into consideration. Eligibility for the UNW grant may be recalculated if a student receives additional federal, state or Northwestern scholarships after the initial financial aid award offer is made.
This grant is not available for Undergraduate Online Learning or FOCUS courses.
University of Northwestern Minority Assistance Program
The UNW Minority grant awards up to 75% of the cost of tuition, or your official demonstrated financial need, whichever is less. The Minority Grant is awarded to new students in the fall semester and can be renewed for up to four years. The grant is not available to continuing and returning students who did not receive it for their first year, and it is not available to students who enter UNW during the spring semester. It is for Minnesota minority students (at least 50 percent heritage of an under-represented ethnic group) who meet demonstrated financial need criteria and Admissions criteria.
A limited number of these grants will be awarded. Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible and should contact their admission counselor to learn about what is needed to be selected for this grant. This grant includes any Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, or the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) that a student receives. This grant is not available for Undergraduate Online Learning or FOCUS courses.
- Submit a traditional student application through admissions (be sure to mark your ethnicity/race)
- Complete the FAFSA application (or MN Dream Act if ineligible for FAFSA)
- Submit essay to your admission counselor
- In 400-500 words, describe the ways in which your culture or ethnicity has influenced your life and how you plan on making a difference on campus through your unique background.
January 15: First wave of grants awarded
March 1: Second wave of grants awarded
May 1: Final application deadline (students applying after March 1 will automatically be placed on the waitlist)
Note for international students: Most international students are not eligible to receive state or federal assistance. However, you can fill out the International Student Financial Assistance Application on the Forms page to pursue eligibility for various forms of Northwestern aid based on previous academic achievements. The application deadline is June 1.
International students may also qualify for up to 20 hours of work on campus per week.