Discounts & Grants

As a Christian college, Northwestern provides a number of scholarships for new and continuing students to reward your academic achievements and Christian leadership committment. Please select the scholarships that apply to you for more details.

University of Northwestern Discounts

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.

Grants

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

$1,176 to $5,550
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

$1,812 to $9,059
MN State entitlement grant is awarded to students meeting State criteria for eligibility including but not limited to:

  1. Financial need demonstrated by the FAFSA.
  2. 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.

University of Northwestern Grants

University of Northwestern Grant

$200 to $10,000

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 financial need, whichever is less, dependent on available funding.  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. Recipients will be chosen through the Admissions and Financial Aid application process. 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.  Deadline is April 1, 2012.

 

Private Scholarships

While outside scholarship searching takes time, it has the potential to earn you thousands in just a few hours.

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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.