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As a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. military, you may qualify to finance your education through a combination of financial aid, VA benefits and scholarships.

Northwestern is pleased to offer Military Scholarships and the Yellow Ribbon Program. In addition, you may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid and VA Education Benefits. We’ll help you secure the benefits you have earned by serving our country.


Northwestern's Military Scholarship

Qualified U.S. military personnel are eligible to receive a 20% tuition discount scholarship.

Spouses and children of U.S. military personnel are eligible for a 15% tuition discount scholarship.

Northwestern's Scholarships for Incoming Students

Veterans and active-duty military may also apply for the Legacy, Merit and Diversity Scholarships.

(After your first trimester, apply for our additional Scholarships for Current Students.)

External Scholarships

Many external scholarships are awarded by organizations not directly associated with the Northwestern.

Yellow Ribbon Program

yellow-ribbonIf you are a veteran, you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, additional funds are provided by Northwestern and the Veterans Administration to cover the difference between your Post-911 GI Bill Chapter 33 benefit and the annual cost of tuition at Northwestern.

If you are eligible, 100% of your out-of-pocket costs for tuition will be covered for one academic year.

There is no limit to the number of eligible students who may receive the annual Yellow Ribbon Program benefit at Northwestern.

Check your eligibility

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid

To apply for federal grant and loans, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). 

For a preliminary estimate of the financial aid you are eligible to receive, use the Net Price Calculator.

Step-by-Step Process

To ensure that you receive for all the veterans education benefits and financial aid available to you, follow our:

VA Education Benefits

Post-911 GI Bill

Find out if you are eligible for the Post-911 GI Bill and/or other VA education benefit programs.

VA Education Call Center

1-888-GI-BILL (1-888-442-4551)
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (CST)
GI Bill Questions & Answers

Additional programs

Other funding sources to assist in financing your education are available:

Northwestern Contacts

VA Certifying Official

Karen Samstad
Financial Aid
(P) 952-888-4777 x379
(F) 952-887-1386

Office of Admissions

Northwestern's Veterans Services and Information

Learn about Northwestern's Military Club, leave policies, academic supports and disability services.

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