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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Northwestern University and Qatar Foundation offer a variety of tuition financing opportunities.


NU-Q offers merit-based scholarships. Learn more:

Merit Scholarships

New scholarships are offered to incoming students only

Northwestern University offers a limited number of highly competitive scholarships for students of exceptional scholastic achievement. Students are automatically evaluated during the admissions process. Grantees will be informed of any awards in their acceptance letter from the University.


Qatari nationals may be eligible for sponsorship to fund portions of tuition.

Ministry of Education Sponsorship

Qatari nationals may be eligible for sponsorship under the Ministry of Education, which may fund a significant portion of tuition and certain fees. Students and their families are responsible for identifying and arranging this type of sponsorship.

Government and Corporate Sponsorships

A good starting point: review the programs or benefits offered by the employer of a parent or other family member. Qatari nationals also may seek sponsorship from government agencies. Eligibility criteria and sponsorship terms are set by the individual organizations. Students and their families are responsible for identifying and arranging this type of sponsorship.


U.S. Federal Aid: Federal Direct Stafford Loan, ParentPLUS Loan

U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) may be eligible for the following U.S. federal aid:

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan
  • ParentPLUS Loan

Interested students should complete the  FAFSA application online after January 1st using Northwestern’s federal school code of 001739. More details on the above funds and their application processes can be found on  Northwestern's financial aid webpage. Once you have completed the FAFSA, please notify Student Financial Services to ensure timely review and packaging of awarded aid.

QF Financial Aid Program

Through the QF Financial Aid Program, Qatar Foundation offers interest free, need-based loans to assist students in financing their education. Students are responsible for repayment of loans taken from Qatar Foundation upon graduation or in case of withdrawal from NU-Q.  QF Financial Aid does not cover the full cost of attendance. Please contact for further details. 

Commercial Bank Loans

Students of all nationalities may consider commercial bank loans when other options do not fully cover all tuition and other costs. Visit your bank and inquire about student loan rates and repayment.

Student Employment

Full-time students can apply for part-time work on campus. Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and typically earn QR 30-45 per hour.

Student employment through NU-Q

NU-Q employs students in a variety of positions including course assistants, research assistants, department assistants, and more.

View open positions at NU-Q

Student employment through QF

QF employs students primarily in the residence halls and the HBKU Student Center.

View open positions at QF/EC

Payment Plans

The University offers tuition and fee payment plans for each semester that allows you to divide educational costs for the semester into five equal monthly payments. Students must request payment plans per semester. Fall payment plans are from August to December and Spring payment plans are from January to May. All payment plan payments are due on the 15th of each month.

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