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Northwestern University Financial Aid 2022-23

Northwestern aims to reduce costs as a barrier to higher education. Making college more affordable for students helps Northwestern keep the best and brightest Illinois students in Illinois. 

Northwestern Undergraduates

  • 20% of Northwestern first-year students are Pell-eligible.
  • Of 8,613 undergraduates, 2,087 are Illinois residents.
  • 500 students graduated from Chicago Public Schools.
  • 46% of Northwestern's Class of 2021 took their first jobs in Illinois.
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Northwestern Aid

  • Northwestern meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.
  • All need-based aid packages are loan-free.
  • 61% of undergraduates receive financial aid.
  • Illinois residents receive 31% of Northwestern's financial aid awards and 31% of its Pell grants.
  • Over $250 million in scholarships and grants are awarded annually.

Funding Sources

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  • $235,000,000Institutional aid
  • $11,534,558Federal aid (Pell and SEOG)
  • $7,274,505Federal work-study
  • $7,351,636Outside scholarships
  • $3,789,080Illinois state funding

Illinois Monetary Award Program

As Northwestern enrolls an increasingly economically diverse student body, Illinois MAP continues to be a key financial aid tool. More than 650 students receive MAP grants, which help close the financial need gap for Illinois students.

MAP Aid to Illinois Students