How to Apply

Required Forms and Filing Deadlines

All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive federal funding. Northeastern's FAFSA Code is #002199. Additional requirements vary depending on student type.

Student Type Required Application Forms Priority Filing Deadline
First-Year Students All first-year students must complete and file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the College Scholarship Service's PROFILE application forms.* Northeastern's PROFILE Code is #3667.
  • Early Decision: Complete the PROFILE by November 15 for a tentative award and FAFSA by February 15.
  • Early Action: Complete the PROFILE by December 1st for a tentative award and FAFSA by February 15.
  • Regular Decision: Complete PROFILE and FAFSA by February 15th
Transfer Students Transfer students must complete and file the FAFSA and College Scholarship Service's PROFILE application forms.* Northeastern's PROFILE Code is #3667.
  • May 1st
Returning Students Returning students must complete and file the FAFSA.
  • April 1st
CPS Students CPS students must complete and file the FAFSA.
  • 3 weeks prior to the start of the term. 

  • Full time students who are Massachusetts residents and are interested in the MASSGrant need to apply by May 1.
Graduate Students Graduate students must complete and file the FAFSA.
  • March 1st
Law Students Law students must complete and file the FAFSA.
  • New Students: February 15th

  • Returning Students: March 15th

You do not need to submit additional information, such as tax forms, to the Office of Student Financial Services unless we specifically request this information. Should we need to request additional documents from you, we will indicate this to you in writing.

*Students seeking federal student aid only are not required to complete the College Scholarship Service's PROFILE Form.

Application Information

FAFSA

The FAFSA is available each year on January 1st for the upcoming school year. The fastest and easiest way to file the FAFSA is online at www.fafsa.gov. 



You should indicate Northeastern University, Title IV Institution Code Number 002199, Boston, MA, in the College Release and Certification section.



If you are filing the online FAFSA, you can sign the form electronically by using your federal PIN. Students who have not previously applied for a PIN are able to apply for a PIN within the FAFSA application. You also have an option to print out the “signature page” for the online FAFSA and mail it to the federal processor.

For new application and verification regulations for the 2013-2014 academic year, please click here.

PROFILE

The CSS/PROFILE application is available each year on October 1st for the upcoming academic year at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile.

Students whose natural parents are not married to each other will also be required to complete a Non-Custodial Parent Profile Application. If a student is unable to contact the non-custodial parent, a Non-Custodial PROFILE Waiver Form must be submitted.

You should indicate Northeastern University, CSS code number 3667, as a recipient of your information on the PROFILE registration form. There is a fee for processing this form.

If you need to update the information originally submitted on the PROFILE (for example, you have now filed your taxes) you can print a copy of the report, mark the necessary changes, and mail the report to our office.

Application Tracking

We do not begin downloading student applications until after the priority filing dates. To check to see if we have received your FAFSA or PROFILE log into your myNEU account. Financial Aid information is available under the Self-Service tab.

Early Applicants

If you have applied for an Early Decision and are interested in financial aid, you should file the CSS PROFILE, available online at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile by November 15. You will receive a tentative financial aid award at the same time as your admissions decision in mid-December. To finalize your financial aid award prior to the May 1st deposit, you will also need to file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov, available after January 1st prior to the February 15 deadline.

If you have applied an Early Action admission decision and are interested in financial aid, you should file the CSS PROFILE, available online at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile by December 1st. You will receive a tentative financial aid award at the same time as your admissions decision at the end of December. To finalize your financial aid award prior to the May 1st deposit, you will also need to file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov, available after January 1st prior to the February 15 deadline.