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The Northwestern University Graduate School offers several loans and scholarships to aid in tuition and expenses.

Financial Aid Loans

Financial aid in the form of loans can be arranged through Northwestern University to cover tuition, other educational expenses and living expenses. We encourage you to begin the loan application process at the time you are admitted to our program to ensure timely distribution of funds.

Visit The Graduate School's website for more information about loans

All applicants who apply for financial aid should first complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note that FAFSA generally gives preference to individuals who file their application early in the calendar year. 

Please refer to the FAFSA website for information and dates

The Student Financial Services staff determines eligibility as well as processes loan applications. Students may contact them via email at or via telephone at 847-491-8950.

For questions concerning the loan process contact Adina Andrews, Director of Student Financial Services at


A generous donation from the Harris Family Foundation and Irving Harris Foundation is aimed at increasing opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students in the educational programs at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. The Harris Scholarship provides $25,000 per year toward tuition for each of the two years the recipient studies and trains at The Family Institute.

Learn more about Harris Scholarships

In addition to the Harris Scholarship, a limited number of partial scholarships and assistantships are awarded to incoming students in the Master of Arts in Counseling program. All scholarships and assistantships are awarded for two years. Students in the Two-Plus Curriculum will not receive scholarship or assistantship funds in the third year of the program. Applicants may apply for one or all of the available scholarships and assistantships. Each applicant chosen for an award by the admissions committee will be awarded only one scholarship or assistantship. The following are the scholarships and assistantships that are available for students who will begin the program in academic year 2018-2019:

  • The Harris Family Scholarships
  • The Family Institute & Family Institute Alumni Community Scholarships
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Program Research Assistantships
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Program Support Assistantships

Scholarships and assistantships are granted based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Academic merit
  • Experience and interest in working with culturally diverse populations

Students awarded scholarships and assistantships must remain in good standing with the program. In addition, assistantships carry a service obligation and programmatic responsibilities (at least six hours per week). Students awarded assistantships are required to participate in one of the following activities:

  • Provide support to the operations of the department
  • Assist a professor with a programmatic or scholarly project
  • Work on a research project

To apply, complete and submit a scholarship application when applying to the program.