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Summer Aid & Scholarships

Students attending Northwestern or affiliated summer programs are eligible to apply for scholarships directly through the program and/or from outside organizations. You may also be eligible to apply for assistance through Undergraduate Financial Aid.

Northwestern Program Scholarships

If you will be attending a Northwestern summer study abroad program, you are strongly encouraged to explore your program's scholarship opportunities. The Northwestern GLO office provide generous scholarships for Northwestern summer programs, which may be based on financial need and/or merit. Visit the GLO Scholarships page for application and award information.

Outside Scholarships & Funding

There are many opportunities to apply for outside scholarships and funding to help cover the cost of your summer program. These opportunities may be an especially good funding option for students attending unaffiliated summer programs, who are not eligible for other forms of aid through Northwestern.

Summer scholarship deadlines tend to range from November to March, so start planning early!

Visit the outside scholarships & funding page for more information.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Students participating in a Northwestern program or affiliated program are eligible to apply for summer scholarship assistance and/or loans through Northwestern. Students attending unaffiliated summer programs are not eligible to receive any form of summer assistance through Northwestern financial aid, including loans.

Most summer scholarship deadlines are quite early, so you are encouraged to wait to apply for summer aid until after you know about all of your other resources, since summer aid can be processed later than other forms of funding.

Eligibility & Application

Northwestern financial aid eligibility is renewable for up to four years of enrollment, including summers.

To be eligible for summer aid, current financial aid recipients should complete the summer aid application, which is available on the financial aid office website in early spring each year. You should plan to apply by April 15 to have your application reviewed in time for the summer study abroad invoice on May 10.

If you are not a current aid recipient, you are not eligible to apply for summer scholarship assistance through Undergraduate Financial Aid.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

For students applying for summer aid, your family contribution in the summer will be the same as it is for any other quarter on campus during the year – in most cases, this is approximately one-third of the EFC on your financial aid award letter. For example, if your EFC for the current academic year is $30,000, your EFC per quarter is $10,000.  Your summer EFC would also be $10,000.

You can find your current EFC on your financial aid award letter in CAESAR > Financial Aid > View Financial Aid > [Year] > Print Award Letter.

Northwestern Scholarship

Summer aid, like aid during the year, is need-based. Program costs vary, but summer study abroad is much less expensive than a regular quarter at Northwestern. Because costs are lower, the total amount of aid for which you qualify will also be lower in the summer; some students who receive financial aid during the academic year are not eligible for summer aid. Applying for summer aid does not mean that you will receive the same dollar amount of Northwestern Scholarship in the summer term. Program scholarships may also help to meet your summer need.


You may be eligible to borrow loans in the summer, which can be a good resource to help finance your costs, particularly if you do not receive summer financial aid or scholarships. Federal student loans are limited to your remaining eligibility for the current academic year. You are also encouraged to consider your budget before borrowing.
If you have any questions about your financial aid, loan eligibility, or budget for summer study abroad, contact Krista Bethel, senior assistant director of study abroad financial aid.