Registrants for Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) seeking financial aid may receive one or more of the following:
Qualified students are eligible for no more than one NUMATS fee waiver and one test fee waiver per academic year. If a student wishes to register for more than one test, the total cost must be paid for the additional test(s).
CTD waives the fee it charges for students who qualify for a federally subsidized program, such as free or reduced-price lunch.
To receive a NUMATS fee waiver, students register online through the NUMATS application or with a paper form and submit a fee-waiver eligibility letter, written on school letterhead and signed by a school official, stating that the student qualifies for a federally subsidized program. The letter should be faxed, e-mailed or mailed to NUMATS. An example of a fee waiver eligibility letter can be found here. If unable to provide this letter, contact NUMATS for other options.
Please note the fee waiver eligibility letter must be received by the test registration deadline in order for the registration to be processed for the requested test date.
The testing agencies (ACT and College Board) offer a limited number of test fee waivers, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any student who requests a NUMATS fee waiver and submits a fee-waiver eligibility letter (see above) will automatically receive a test fee waiver if one is available. For students in grade 9 who are taking the SAT, please note that you must register in a two-step process. After completing the NUMATS portion of your registration, you will receive an e-mail with additional instructions for registering directly with SAT. The fee waiver for students in grade 9 does not cover the test fee, which must be paid directly to SAT when completing this portion of the registration.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Young Scholars Program provides a limited number of test fee waivers, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, for students in grade 7. Any student in grade 7 who requests a NUMATS fee waiver and submits a fee-waiver eligibility letter (see above) will automatically receive this test fee waiver if one is available.
Need-based financial aid is available for academic programs. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to apply early as the amount of aid available is limited and may be exhausted before the program’s application deadline.
The amount of financial aid awarded to families may vary from partial to full tuition, and awards are based on family income and extenuating circumstances (e.g., loss of a job, unexpected medical expenses, etc.). Most families awarded aid have a total household income of less than $50,000.
To be considered for financial aid, families must complete the appropriate program’s Financial Aid Application. All supporting materials (e.g., tax information, statement of need, etc.) must be included in the financial aid submission in order for an application for financial aid to be considered complete. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.
The amount of financial aid granted and the balance due are reflected in MyCTD. Any outstanding balance must be paid before the start of the program. If a family is unable to pay the balance and must withdraw from the course, they may be eligible to have their $60 application fee refunded. Families must contact the specific academic program to determine if they are eligible.
Students are eligible for financial aid for one program/course per session, per child.
Two need-based scholarship funds exist for students applying to select technology courses:
See the Scholarship Opportunities page for more information.
For the Summer Program (Solstice, Apogee, Spectrum & Equinox) and the Civic Leadership Institute, five-month payment plans are available. The CivicWeek program offers a four-month payment plan. To apply, families must submit a completed Payment Plan Application form, available in the Forms & Downloads section of each program page. See the application form for submission deadlines and payment policies. The fee for using the payment plan is $50. Families that are eligible for financial aid will not be assessed the service charge for using the payment plan.