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Northwestern Scholarship

jayrechjayrech 1 replies4 threads New Member
My son received a financial aid award notice from NU. Note he'll be a freshman and has yet to confirm enrollment.
I understand we have to re-apply every year for financial aid but say our situation remains the same, will the Northwestern Scholarship amount remain about the same as well the following years?
Would the school ever make a strong first year offer for the student to commit to enroll then drastically reduce it in the following years?
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8434 replies72 threads Senior Member
    Usually schools do not bait and switch unless something significant changes with your personal finances/situation. You can call the FA office to confirm though.
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  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins 883 replies83 threads Member
    Financial aid depends upon changes in your income, assets and taxes so no absolute guarantees. Keep it in mind that most private schools raise cost by 2-4% every year.
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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 12692 replies29 threads Senior Member
    A school like NU wouldn't bait and switch. It's rich enough and wants to keep it's graduation rate high.
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  • phoebehana4phoebehana4 8 replies1 threads New Member
    I personally visited NU financial aid office and asked similar questions. For example, do they increase award in the following years if the tuition increases? How does the financial aid deal with study abroad quarters etc? The answers I got center on the estimated expected family contribution. If EFC does not change but tuition increases, the aid will increase accordingly. Interestingly, any additional external scholarship does not necessarily reduce their award. Overall, it’s worthwhile either visiting or calling the office to get clarity.
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  • vegucated26vegucated26 230 replies25 threads Junior Member
    As a current student, who has just received aid next year and would be unable to go here without full aid, trust me you don't have to worry.
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  • happy1happy1 23258 replies2303 threads Senior Member
    Some colleges have a minimum GPA that is needed to maintain merit scholarships so you may want to ask about that.
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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 12692 replies29 threads Senior Member
    @happy1, the Northwestern Scholarship is what NU calls it's fin aid grant awards so there is no minimum other than remaining in good academic standing, so a 2.0 GPA.
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