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Financing FAQ

How much is tuition?

Please see the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

I do not have the money to pay the tuition at NU-Q. What scholarships or financial aid are available?

NU-Q offers a limited number of scholarships granted to students on the basis of academic achievement and promise, without regard to financial need. All applicants are considered for scholarships, and no separate application or request for consideration is required. Grantees are notified of their scholarships by the university upon admission.

Qatar Foundation also offers need-based financial assistance through the Hamad Bin Khalifa Financial Aid Program. HBKU Financial Aid does not cover the full cost of attendance. This program offers students loans that are paid back after graduation on a schedule agreed upon by the student and Qatar Foundation. Interested students need to submit a separate application to the Qatar Foundation Financial Aid Office. To apply or request more information on Qatar Foundation financial aid, visit the HBKU Financial Aid Program webpage.

How do I apply for QF Financial Aid?

Apply for QF Financial Aid online by completing the following steps:

  1. Register for an account on the Financial Aid website, or log in if you already have an account.
  2. If you are registering for a new account, QF will “activate” your account first. Then, you may upload your documents and submit your application.
  3. Collect and scan soft copies of all supporting documents requested for the application.

When is the best time to apply for financial aid?

Prospective students should apply for financial aid as soon as possible after March 15. The process can take up to two months, so don’t wait! Your financial aid application will be processed after you have also uploaded your university acceptance letter. To receive funding you must actually be an enrolled student.

How is financial need determined?

QF HBKU Financial Services calculates need using a formula that includes a thorough assessment of the student’s family’s finances, such as income vs. expenditures and assets vs. debts. QF HBKU Financial Services reviews and approves all financial aid recommendations.

What does financial aid cover?

Financial aid covers a percentage of tuition and fees for students who reside in Qatar and tuition, fees and housing for students from outside Qatar. It may also cover other expenses as approved by the Qatar Foundation.

How will I be notified of awards?

Students who qualify for merit scholarships will be notified of their award via their university acceptance letter. Students who qualify for Qatar Foundation need-based aid are notified via the Qatar Foundation financial aid portal. Students must sign into their account in order to view the status of their award package.

May I combine different options?

Yes, you may combine various options, with some exceptions. For example, students receiving a merit scholarship may still be eligible for QF need-based as well as participate in student employment opportunities. Consult the NU-Q Student Financial Services Representative and your individual sponsor for acceptable combinations.

Additional questions?

Email: studentfinance@qatar.northwestern.edu

Phone: +974 4454 4186

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