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Financial Aid

We award 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 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 program applications.


We award several merit-based scholarships to IMC Full-Time graduate students. We will consider you for a scholarship based on the content of your application for the IMC Full-Time program and how it matches criteria for available scholarships. Scholarship offers are made at the time of admission or shortly thereafter. Students who are awarded merit scholarships typically receive a letter in their admit packet, and their financial aid will be adjusted accordingly.


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.

Outside scholarships

Several organizations provide scholarships for students pursuing a graduate degree in marketing fields. All students are strongly encouraged to research and apply for these scholarships. One resource to find these opportunities is the U.S. Department of Labor's free scholarship search tool.

International students

International students will be considered for selected Medill scholarships but are not eligible for federal financial aid. International students should plan to bear most, if not all, of the cost of attending Medill.

Due to the intensive and practical nature of our program, Medill does not offer teaching assistantships or fellowships.

Please visit Northwestern’s Student Financial Services for a list of lenders that provide loans to international students who have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as co-maker/co-sign for the loan. Students may not use this loan to secure their student visa. After you begin your graduate program at Medill, you are welcome to pursue a private bank loan option.


For more information about financial aid, please contact Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Julie Collins or Program Assistant Jackie Jackson.