Scholarships & Financing Opportunities

Northwestern University and Qatar Foundation offer a variety of tuition financing opportunities. Questions can be answered by contacting NU-Q's Business & Finance office.

Northwestern University in Qatar

Merit Scholarships

Incoming Students
Northwestern University offers a limited number of highly competitive scholarships for students of exceptional scholastic achievement. These awards may cover up to 40% of NU-Q tuition costs. Students are automatically evaluated during the admissions process. Grantees will be informed of any awards in their acceptance letter from the University.

Need-Based Scholarships

Incoming and Returning Students
Northwestern University in Qatar has limited funds available for supplemental need-based scholarships. This application must be completed by March 1 in order to be considered. Interested students must apply for HBKU Financial Aid (see below) and U.S. Federal Aid (if applicable, see below) to be considered.

Students who are interested must complete the CSS Profile and provide the requested documentation. Additionally, HBKU will require extensive documentation through their application process. Please have the documents available while going through the CSS Profile as we may require additional information.

U.S. Federal Aid

U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) may be eligible for the following U.S. federal aid:

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan
  • ParentPLUS Loan

Interested students should complete the FAFSA application online after January 1st using Northwestern’s federal school code of 001739. More details on the above funds and their application processes can be found on Northwestern's financial aid webpage. Interested applicants who have been accepted into the University must also complete the Qatar UAPP. Once you have completed the FAFSA, please notify Student Financial Services to ensure timely review and packaging of awarded aid.

CSS Profile Process

All students interested in any NU-Q merit or need-based aid must complete the CSS Profile:

  • Visit the College Board website, register and complete the profile. Northwestern’s CSS code is 1565.
  • Please indicate if you are a first-time CSS Profile applicant.
  • There is a $25 fee for completion of the CSS Profile. Please contact us if you are unable to pay this fee.
  • You will need information and assistance from your parents to complete the profile.
  • Once processed, you will receive a Data Confirmation Report. Upon your review, submit any corrections directly to our office.
  • There is a list of documents that you will need to provide us and more later to HBKU when you apply for financial aid through them.
  • The deadline for submission is March 1.

Student Employment Program

Full-time students may supplement other tuition financing with part-time work on campus. Students may work up to 20 hours per week and typically earn QR 27-40 per hour, which may cover small expenses such as transportation or fees. Students often are able to earn 5,000 and 10,000 QAR a semester working on campus.  NU-Q employs students in a variety of positions including teaching assistants, research assistants, department assistants, and more.

Qatar Foundation/HBKU

  • HBKU Financial Aid Program
    Through the Hamad Bin Khalifa Financial Aid Program, Qatar Foundation offers interest free, need-based loans to assist students in financing their education. Students are responsible for repayment, and upon graduation they may pay a percentage of their salary until the loan is repaid or, alternatively, repay the loan through service with a Qatar Foundation-approved employer for a maximum of six years. Graduates may toggle between the percentage salary payment and service repayment. HBKU Financial Aid does not cover the full cost of attendance.
  • Student Employment Program
    Full-time students may supplement other tuition financing with part-time work on campus. Students may work up to 20 hours per week and typically earn QR 25-40 per hour, which may cover small expenses such as transportation or fees. Students often are able to earn 5,000 and 10,000 QAR a semester working on campus.  HBKU employs students primarily in the residence halls and the HBKU Student Center.

Other Options

  • HEI Sponsorship
    Qatari nationals may be eligible for sponsorship under the Higher Education Institute (HEI), which may fund a significant portion of tuition and certain fees.  Northwestern is one of only two institutions in Education City that are internationally recognized as a “Tamim bin Hamad” university.  This qualifies Northwestern students for additional HEI incentives and opportunities. For more information, visit the HEI Advising and Career Development Office (ACC) in person or online at www.english.education.gov.qa. Children of Qatari mothers may be eligible for specifically designed HEI or other sponsorship opportunities.
  • Government and Corporate Sponsorships
    A good starting point: review the programs or benefits offered by the employer of a parent or other family member. Qatari nationals also may seek sponsorship from government agencies such as Qatar Petroleum, the Ministry of the Interior, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or their corporate partners such as Shell Oil, Al Jazeera or Mersk.  Eligibility criteria and sponsorship terms are set by the individual organizations. Students and their families are responsible for identifying and arranging this type of sponsorship. 
  • Payment Plans
    Tuition payment plans are available and may provide flexibility to spread out payments evenly over the academic year. All payment plans must finish during the final month of the academic year.  Payment plans should be requested and begin at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Commercial Bank Loans
    Students of all nationalities may consider commercial bank loans when other options do not fully cover all tuition and other costs.  Visit your bank and inquire about student loan rates and repayment.