Financial Aid At National Louis University

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Percentage of NLU students who receive financial aid


Maximum federal grant. Remember: Grants do not need to be repaid
2017-2018 academic year


Discount on NLU tuition for students employed at partnering organizations.

Discuss your options with an NLU enrollment specialist.

Call 844.330.9337

Your degree may be more affordable than you think with financial aid assistance.

Types of Aid

We recognize that continuing your education is a significant investment of your time and money, which is why NLU provides several options for financial aid. Explore potential financial aid options below, then connect with us to find out what you may qualify for.

Federal Aid

The financial aid process all starts with completing and submitting your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will determine which forms of aid you are eligible for, including:

  • Grants, such as the Pell Grant or the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG); or
  • Loans, such as federal subsidized and unsubsidized student loans offered through the U.S. Department of Education.

Quick Tip: What’s the fastest way to find out which aid programs you qualify for? Complete and submit your FAFSA immediately after October 1 of each year. The federal school code for NLU is 001733.

Call us to know how to start: 844.330.9337.

State Aid

The state of Illinois offers financial aid options to Illinois residents who have completed and submitted their Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If eligible, you can receive aid in the form of:

  • Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship: Awarded to eligible, academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschools, elementary and secondary schools.
  • Nursing Education Scholarship Program: This scholarship provides financial aid anywhere from one to four years. You must begin full- or part-time employment as a licensed practical or registered nurse in Illinois within six months of graduating.

Quick Tip: Don’t live in Illinois? Many states offer higher education scholarships to their residents. Ask an NLU enrollment specialist how you can find out what you’re eligible for in your home state.

Call us for more details on state funding: 844.330.9337

Military Experience

You’ve served your country; now let us serve you. NLU has a long history of accommodating veterans, active duty, Reserve and National Guard service members and their families.

  • 25% tuition discount for active duty service members
  • 15% tuition discount for veterans, Reserve, National Guard and eligible family members
  • Military-specific support through our office of Military and Veterans Services

Quick Tip: An enrollment specialist can help you fill out the military service form to apply for the discount.

Call us with your military benefits questions: 844.330.9337


NLU offers several scholarship opportunities for new, existing and transfer students, including:

  • Louis Scholarship
  • Baker Scholarship
  • D214 National Louis Scholarship
  • Alumni Scholarship

Quick Tip: You don’t need to apply separately for these scholarships. They are automatically awarded based on the information in your admissions application and on the FAFSA.

Call us to learn what you qualify for: 844.330.9337

The enrollment specialists at NLU are here to help you!

Questions about your next steps with financial aid? We’re happy to walk you through them. Our enrollment specialists assist hundreds of NLU students each year so they can make informed financial decisions about their education. Give us a call and share your questions: 844.330.9337.

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Return on Investment

With mid-career graduate earnings averaging $71,300 a year, NLU was named a top “value-added” university by Brookings Institution.**