Financial Aid Information for Prospective Graduate IMC Students

Financial Aid Information for Prospective Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Students

The Graduate Office of Admissions and Financial Aid awards federal financial aid (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents) in the form of federal loans. Grants and scholarships, in combination with these federal resources, enable students to meet their calculated financial aid needs.

Currently about 80 percent of all Medill graduate students receive some form of financial aid, including need-based loans and grants. Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the time of admission to selected students based on their applications.

Types of Aid Offered/Available - Full-time students only

Merit Scholarships

Scholarship offers are made at the time of admission or shortly thereafter and are based on the content of the application file and how it matches criteria for available scholarships.

Medill-NU Grant

The Medill-NU Grant is awarded to students based on academic merit and financial need, the latter of which is determined according to information on the FAFSA and Medill application for financial aid.

Federal Loans

The federal loan program offers the most cost-effective borrowing options for students. Medill financial aid awards may include the Perkins, Stafford and/or GradPLUS loans, which are based on eligibility and financial need.

Part-time and IMC Online students

Part-time and IMC Online students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enroll in at least two courses per quarter are eligible for federal loans only.

For additional information on the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Direct Stafford Loan, please visit

International Students

International students will be considered for available scholarships but are not eligible for federal financial aid. All students are strongly encouraged to research and apply for scholarships from organizations outside Medill.

Questions? Feel free to contact one of our staff members:

Julie Collins, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid
Jackie Jackson, Program Assistant for Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid
Medill, Northwestern University
Fisk Hall, 1845 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-5228