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Our commitment to academic excellence is matched by a longstanding dedication to college access and affordability. We aim to make Northwestern affordable for all, creating a community that is as diverse, supportive, and inclusive as possible. Northwestern Qatar has a need-blind admission policy for all first-year, transfer, domestic, and international students from around the globe. Need-blind admissions means that your family’s financial situation is not considered when reviewing your application for undergraduate admission.

 

Meeting Demonstrated Need

Overview

At Northwestern Qatar, we believe in a need-blind admissions process where all students have the ability to apply for financial aid regardless of their nationality or origin. We understand that a university education also involves a significant financial decision for many students and their families. As such we are committed to ensuring that this rigorous process is both accessible and affordable. We actively work to provide a comprehensive evaluation of financial assistance for all applicants and to provide support that meets the need of every student. Financial aid packages meet demonstrated need through a combination of grants, scholarships, and interest-free education loans. Financial aid can cover a percentage of tuition cost, housing, study abroad, residency expenses, and other miscellaneous university fees.


A personalized award

Your financial aid award from Northwestern is an estimate based on the information that you have provided. The award letter is typically sent within a couple of weeks of recieving your offer of admission. The exact composition of the award will not be available until after you receive your financial aid decision from Qatar Foundation Student Financial Services Office. This typically occurs in early summer.


Estimated annual cost of attendance

Northwestern charges the same tuition in Doha, Qatar as the home campus in Evanston, Illinois. The total tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year are $59,414.

For a complete list of expenses, please visit: https://my.qatar.northwestern.edu/finance/tuition.html


Terms & conditions

Northwestern will meet demonstrated financial need dependent on the submission of the College Board’s CSS Profile, supporting documentation, and Qatar Foundation Financial Aid application. Students who do not submit all necessary materials or are awarded zero aid by the Qatar Foundation Student Financial Services Office are ineligible to receive financial assistance from Northwestern.

 

Financial Aid Deadlines

Overview

Your application deadline will not vary depending on admission application group. Please be sure to follow the preferred deadline of January 1 to ensure you receive your financial aid award in a timely manner. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you need assistance.


January 1

Northwestern Qatar recommends that your CSS PROFILE or FAFSA (United States citizens and residents only) be recieved by January 1 to recieve maximum consideration for all types of student aid. If you completed your application late or very recently, please note that applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Our office is typically unable to extend the tuition deposit deadline for admitted students who apply late for financial aid.


May 31

The Financial Aid application for Qatar Foundation Student Financial Services Office opens on April 1 and must be submitted by May 31. This deadline is fixed and exceptions are rare. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply for financial aid in three simple steps:

  1. Complete CSS (College Scholarship Services) PROFILE. The CSS PROFILE application collects information about family income, expenses, and assets. This application enables us to build the financial profile of students by understanding your financial situation in the context of your local economy. To be considered for financial aid awards from Northwestern Qatar, students must complete the CSS PROFILE. Northwestern CSS PROFILE code is 1565.
  2. Upload supplemental financial documents to admission portal. After submitting the Northwestern Qatar admission application and sending the CSS PROFILE, upload supplemental documents directly to your student portal. Based on the total cost of attendance, we will estimate the expected family contribution.
  3. Apply for Qatar Foundation (QF) Financial Aid. QF offers interest-free education loans to all students who have secured acceptance to Northwestern Qatar. The application for first-year students opens on April 1, and the online form can be found here: fas.qf.org.qa.

In addition to the College Board CSS PROFILE or FAFSA (United States citizens and residents only), you will be asked to upload the following types of documents to your online applicant portal:

  • Twelve months of parent’s personal bank statements
  • Two months of parents’ paystubs or a current salary certificate
  • Two years of tax returns (if applicable)
  • Six months of mortgage statements or copy of rental agreement
  • Six months of other asset statements (retirement accounts, CDs, savings accounts etc.)
  • Year-to-date profit and loss statement and two years’ tax returns if self-employed (if applicable)
  • Copy of annual bonus payment (two years, if applicable)

We realize that every family financial situation is different and that you may not have one or more of these documents. Please do your best to disclose what you do have access to.

This is the total amount we estimate that your family can contribute annually. Your family contribution is not the amount you will owe to Northwestern Qatar and/or The Qatar Foundation, but an estimate of total "out-of-pocket" costs. The Expected Family Contribution is calculated based on your family's unique financial circumstances, as reported on your financial aid application, including the FAFSA (for United States citizens and/or residents), College Board CSS Profile (all other nationalities), and other documents.

Your financial aid award will likely include interest-free education loans which will be paid after graduation through one of the following formats:

1. Repayment Plan: Traditional monthly payment of no more than 15% of your monthly salary.

2. Service: In this case, you could attend graduate school and/or work in one of over 300 approved institutions in The State of Qatar and the loan would be forgiven after a pre-determined amount of time (not to exceed 6 years). While enrolled in the service payment, you receive your full salary and benefits. No amount is deducted from your paycheck.

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the information provided in the financial aid application materials. If your family has experienced a change in financial circumstances not reflected in those materials, you are welcome to to request to have your aid eligibility re-reviewed. Supporting documentation is required.
A student is considered to be independent for funding purposes if he or she is at least 24 years of age, a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, an orphan or ward of the court, has legal dependents other than a spouse, is married, or is a graduate student. However, a student entering Northwestern Qatar as a dependent student will remain dependent for institutional funding purposes unless he/she can provide documentation of extreme mitigating circumstances. Unwillingness to pay on the part of a parent is not considered a sufficient reason for a student to be considered independent.
Northwestern expects that both biological/adoptive parents will contribute to your educational expenses to the extent that they are able. Your custodial parent must complete the FAFSA or CSS Profile with information on the custodial household (including stepparent, if applicable). Your noncustodial parent must complete a separate Noncustodial CSS Profile. If you have no contact with your noncustodial parent, you may complete the Noncustodial Parent Waiver request form.
Northwestern Qatar awards financial aid in accordance with our need-based financial aid policy. There are a very limited number of highly competitive awards for students of exceptional scholastic achievement. Students are automatically evaluated during the admissions process. Students will be informed of any awards in their acceptance letter.

For the CSS Profile application, the College Board will automatically offer fee waivers to first-time applicants who meet their requirements, based on the financial information entered into the Profile.

Here’s how to contact us:

Northwestern Qatar
Office of Admissions
Tel: +974 4454 5100
Email: admissions@qatar.northwestern.edu