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Undergraduate Discounts and Grants

Are you a traditional undergraduate student? Find out what discounts you may be eligible for and what grants you qualify for to help pay for your education.

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Christian Worker Discount: $1,500

Students with at least one parent employed full-time as a pastor or missionary are eligible.

Legacy Discount: $1,500

Students with at least one parent who is an alum of Northwestern are eligible. Students may receive both the Christian Worker Discount and the Legacy Discount.

Federal and State Grants

Federal Pell Grant: $598–$5,815

The Federal Pell grant is awarded to students based on their financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): $300–$4,000

FSEOG is available to students who are Pell Grant eligible. If a student is Pell eligible but does not get the FSEOG, the student may be awarded a Northwestern Grant or Minnesota State Grant (for Minnesota residents) instead. FSEOG is not available for undergraduate online learning, adult undergraduate courses or graduate courses.

Minnesota State Grant: $100–$11,753

The Minnesota state grant is awarded to students meeting state criteria for eligibility including, but not limited to:

  • Financial need demonstrated by the FAFSA.
  • Graduated from a Minnesota high school or lived in MN for 12 consecutive months without attending a post-secondary school.
  • Students may receive the Minnesota 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 State Grant awards are prorated for students taking less than 15 full-time credits load (15+), which in some cases could be a total loss of State Grant for the term. The MN State Grant is not available for graduate courses.

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, Traditional Undergraduate students may also be eligible to receive Northwestern scholarships and the University of Northwestern Grant.

University of Northwestern Grants

University of Northwestern Grant: $300–$14,000

This grant is awarded based on financial need demonstrated on the FAFSA, and after all other financial aid is taken into consideration. Eligibility for this grant may be recalculated if a student receives additional federal or state aid, or Northwestern scholarships after the initial financial aid award offer is made. This grant is not available for undergraduate online learning, adult undergraduate courses or graduate courses.

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 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.

International Student financial assistance application

International Students must complete this form to receive financial assistance to attend Northwestern. Funds are awarded on the basis of financial need and for students seeking a traditional undergraduate degree who are not resident aliens.

2019-20 International Student Financial Assistance Application


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