Financial aid

Time to talk finances

How and when should I complete the financial aid process?

Complete the FAFSA

1. Visit at any time to get your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID).

Both students and parents need a FSA ID for electronically signing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to apply for federal student loans.

2. Complete the FAFSA form(s) online at

If you intend to enroll in either Spring or Fall semester, you will need your IRS Form 1040 for 2016 in order to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA. 

The University of Northwestern Institutional Code for the FAFSA is 002371.


If your family has unusual financial circumstances, you may include a Parental Appeal Form from the UNW Financial Aid website.

We're quick! After mid-November, you may expect an offer of financial assistance from University of Northwestern within one to two weeks after all documents have been received and all questions are resolved.

Your admission counselor will call your family to walk through your award and answer your questions.