Student Financial Services – Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid at least six weeks before the start of a semester and are awarded on a first come first serve basis. To complete your application two steps are required:

1. Complete an Admissions Application 

Northwest University awards financial aid to students that have been approved for admission. To apply for admission, you must complete the Admission Application. Click here to fill out the application online.

2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSA is required by all schools that offer federal or state aid. To complete the FAFSA, visit The Northwest University FAFSA School Code is 003783 (Note: Your social security number is required to complete a FAFSA – Higher Education Act of 1965.)


The Beginning Date for the Fall 2017 FAFSA Application is October 1st, 2016.

The Priority Deadline for the Fall 2017 FAFSA application is December 1st, 2016.

This means that 2015 tax information will be used for the 2017-2018 FAFSA Application.

More Information on the 2017-2018 FAFSA


Important Information

If all your documents were completed correctly and turned into the Financial Aid Office before the first day of class, your financial aid should post to your account the week following the add/drop date.

If you have verification paperwork, it must be properly completed 3-4 weeks before the semester start date.

If you did not complete your paperwork before these dates, please allow additional time for your aid to post or contact the Financial Aid Office at or 425.889.5210.


Financial Aid or Student Accounts?

Financial Aid can help with any questions regarding loans, grants, scholarships, FAFSA, and missing documents. Email the Financial Aid Office at

Student Accounts can help with any questions regarding your balance, payments, cost of attendance, charges, and tuition management. Email the Student Accounts Office at


Cost of Attendance

CLICK HERE to find a break-down of the cost of attendance for the Northwest University Undergraduate Program in Kirkland.

Please note that the cost of attendance for programs other than our traditional undergraduate programs at Northwest University Kirkland may differ.

For costs at NU Salem, click here.

For costs at NU Sacramento, click here.

For costs for our College of Adult & Professional Studies, click here.

To research costs of attendance for our various Graduate Studies and other information, click here.

To inquire about costs of attendance for any program not listed above, please contact either an Adviser or an Enrollment Counselor to be directed to the appropriate resources.


Understanding Your Offer of Financial Aid

If you are having trouble understanding the awards you’ve been offered or are wondering what NU has to offer in terms of Financial Aid, click here to learn more.