Hard work pays off – really. At Northeastern, we recognize the achievements of our most qualified students with a variety of grants and scholarships. These students distinguish themselves as some of the nation’s top creative thinkers, intrepid entrepreneurs, and motivated researchers.

For more information on scholarships, see the Grants and Scholarships page on the Student Financial Services website.

Merit Scholarships

The top 25 percent of admitted freshman applicants may be considered for competitive merit scholarships, including the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship. The Dean’s Scholarship is a prestigious award that honors select students within the top 25% of freshmen admitted into Northeastern. Recipients are awarded between $5,000 and $25,000 annually. All fall freshman applicants for undergraduate admission to Northeastern are considered. The application deadline is January 1.

Northeastern National Scholarships

Students who are admitted to Northeastern and are recognized as National Merit Finalists* or National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars** will receive up to $30,000 merit based award per academic year or up to $15,000 merit based award per academic semester and may also be eligible for financial aid.

Northeastern National Merit Finalists* and National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars** will receive priority consideration for The University Honors Program.

Northeastern National Scholarships replace any Dean’s, Excellence, Connections, or International Scholar awards and may result in a change to a previously awarded Northeastern University Grant funds.

*In order to be eligible for these Northeastern scholarships, National Merit Finalists must be U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents, admitted to Northeastern and should designate Northeastern University as their college choice to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) by April 4, 2016. We will award our first group of scholarships in early March to students who were admitted Early Action or Early Decision.

**National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholars must be U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents and submit NHRP Scholar documentation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by email (nationalscholar@neu.edu) or by uploading the documentation through the Application Status Check by April 4, 2016.

Northeastern University Scholars Program (USP)

Northeastern’s University Scholars Program is one of the nation’s most intellectually bold and selective scholarship programs, comprised of the top 1-2 percent of applicants. This scholarship award full tuition in addition to unprecedented access to university faculty and resources.

All students who apply by the January 1st regular decision deadline are considered for the University Scholars Program. There is no separate application. Students invited to join the University Scholars Program are notified through their admission letter.

Northeastern University Scholars awards replace any Northeastern National Scholarships, Dean’s, Excellence, Connections, or International Scholars award and may result in a change to previously awarded Northeastern University Grant funds.

Torch Scholars

Continuing our storied commitment to educational access, the Torch Scholars Program awards full-tuition scholarships to students who have overcome exceptional odds and demonstrated the potential for academic excellence. The program includes a Summer Immersion Program prior to freshman year. Torch Scholars receive full tuition, fees, and room and board as well as significant personal and academic support. Students must be nominated by professional who has knowledge of their achievements and character, such as a guidance counselor, teacher, mentor, clergy, community worker, etc.

Ujima Global Leaders

This scholarship program identifies students who have the potential to become agents for positive global change. The program is focused on developing leaders for an increasingly diverse and complex world. Scholarship recipients are selected by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute and Admissions. For more information, please visit the Ujima website.

Boston Public High School Scholarships

Northeastern is deeply committed to working with the City of Boston and our campus neighbors. There are several additional scholarship programs available to Boston students, including:

  • The Boston Public High School Scholarship
  • The Northeastern Boston Valedictorian Scholarship
  • The Boston Housing Authority Scholarship
  • Northeastern Neighborhood Scholarship
  • Balfour Academy Scholarship

Learn more about Boston Public High School scholarship opportunities here.