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Financial Aid

We are committed to enrolling the most qualified students regardless of their ability to pay.

We award scholarships and grants to graduate journalism students each year. The Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid also awards financial aid (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents) in the form of federal loans. In combination, these resources enable Medill to support a student’s entire calculated financial aid need.

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

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


We award almost $3 million in institutional scholarships and grants, as well as donor- and corporate-sponsored scholarships, to graduate journalism students each year. 

We will consider you for a scholarship based on the content of your application for the MSJ program and how it matches criteria for available scholarships. A majority of merit scholarships are awarded with the offer of admission, and some may be awarded later in the process. Students who are awarded merit scholarships typically receive a letter in their admit packet, and their financial aid will be adjusted accordingly.

One scholarship we offer is the Comer Scholarship, which supports students who demonstrate commitment to covering environmental issues. 

We also offer the Reuters-NABJ fellowship, which supports students who are interested in business, politics or foreign affairs reporting. 


The Medill-NU Grant is awarded to students based on academic merit and financial need. Financial need is determined according to information on the FAFSA and the Medill application for financial aid. No additional application materials are required to be considered for the Medill-NU Grant.

Federal loans

The federal loan program offers the most cost-effective borrowing options for students, including the Perkins, Stafford and/or GradPLUS loans. These are based on eligibility and financial need and may be consolidated after graduation. If you are offered any of these loans, consider accepting them due to their significant financial advantage over private educational loans.

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

Outside scholarships

Several organizations provide scholarships for students pursuing a degree in graduate journalism. 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. International students should plan to bear most, if not the entire 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 University's Student Financial Services website for a list of lenders that provide loans to international students who have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as co-maker/co-signer 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 Melissa Sersland or Program Assistant Jackie Jackson.