Undergraduate Scholarships

Northeastern has established several competitive scholarship programs to reward outstanding academic achievement. To be considered for one or more of these prestigious awards, you must apply for undergraduate admission to Northeastern no later than the regular decision deadline of January 1. Only fall freshman applicants may be considered for most of these scholarships.

Students are not required to complete the financial aid applications to be considered for a merit-based scholarship.

Many scholarships require the signing of a contract of understanding, which is included with the offer of financial assistance. Most full tuition scholarships (including the Torch, BPHS, BHA, and Balfour Scholarships) require a minimum of 100 hours of community service each year. The Center of Community Service at Northeastern provides students with the tools and resources necessary to achieve success in this program.

Merit-Based Scholarships

The top 25 percent of admitted freshman applicants may be considered for competitive merit scholarships, including the prestigious Dean's Scholarship. These scholarship awards range from $5,000-$25,000 for the first year. In future years, amounts are awarded on a per semester basis, ranging from $5,000-$12,500 per full semester.

Northeastern National Scholarships

Students who are admitted to Northeastern and are recognized as national scholars (National Merit Finalist*, National Achievement Finalist*, or National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar**) will receive a $30,000 merit based award. Northeastern National Scholarships replace any Dean's, Excellence, Connections, or International Scholars awards and may result in a change to previously awarded Northeastern University Grant funds.

Northeastern National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholars will also be invited into The University Honors Program.

*National Merit and Achievement Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents, admitted to Northeastern and should designate Northeastern University as your college choice to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by April 11. We will award our first group of scholarships in early March to students who were admitted Early Action. In addition to designating Northeastern as your college choice, you may send Northeastern a copy of any certificates or letters that you receive from the NMSC for your admissions file. These documents can be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions via fax or email. Fax number: Undergraduate Admissions, 617.373.8780 Email: nationalscholar@neu.edu

**National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents and submit NHRP Scholar documentation to Undergraduate Admissions via fax (617.373.8780) or email nationalscholar@neu.edu by February 1. We will award our first group of scholarships in early March to students who were admitted Early Action. 

Northeastern University Scholars Program

The Northeastern University Scholars Program is a full tuition scholarship program limited to 75 incoming undergraduates who have distinguished themselves academically, who have demonstrated curiosity and creativity that extend far beyond the classroom to impact the world around them, and who have displayed an entrepreneurial approach to study, achievement, and life. The Program is intended to address the interests of students who demand to be challenged, are passionate about learning, and will innovate when given the freedom to explore.

All students who apply by the January 15 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. Click here for more information about this Program. 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.

Educational Opportunity Scholarships

Torch Scholars


Continuing a century-old commitment to educational access, the Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative scholarship initiative awarded to students who have overcome exceptional odds and who demonstrate the potential to excel academically.

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 an education professional, such as a guidance counselor.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Civic Engagement Program Requirement

Recipients of Northeastern’s most prestigious scholarships (Balfour, Torch, Boston Public Housing, Boston Housing Authority, National Achievement, National Merit, National Hispanic and University Scholars) are required to participate in Northeastern’s Civic Engagement Program (CEP). CEP requires each scholar to serve 100 hours of community service each year of undergraduate study at Northeastern University. The program aims to redefine scholarship be ensuring that student scholars not only excel academically, but through CEP have the opportunity to grow as civic-minded individuals who give back through service to our local and global communities.

For first-year students, there is a highly structured program which includes training, monthly reflections and a weekly service partnership with a local community based organization.  For upper-class students, there is a system of accountability, support, as well as service and networking opportunities to support student scholars in earning the required amount of hours.

For further information please refer to the CEP website at http://www.northeastern.edu/communityservice/programs/civic_engagement.html .

If you find that you have any questions regarding the CEP program please feel free to contact Hilary Sullivan, Associate Director of Service & Partnerships, at h.sullivan@neu.edu.

Scholarship Renewal

Merit scholarships are renewed annually as long as the student is attending classes as a full-time student, maintains the cumulative grade point average required for the scholarship, and meets the 100 hour service requirement of CEP (if necessary). Most scholarships are awarded for a total of eight semesters of study. Students in the PharmD and PT programs are awarded most scholarship funds in the sixth year of the program. (During the six year of these programs, the per-semester tuition charge is less than the rate charged during the undergraduate years. As a result, the scholarship amount in the sixth year of the program is one-half the full semester amount of the scholarship.)



All merit scholarship recipients must have an exit interview with a financial aid counselor if they require a leave of absence from the University. Leaves of absence can be granted for up to one year, but must be approved by the Office of Student Financial Services. If a leave exceeds one year, the merit scholarship will be forfeited.


Scholarship Probation

Grade point averages (GPA) are reviewed at the end of the Spring semester. CEP Service hours are reviewed at the end of the Spring semester for first year CEP students and at the end of June for upper-class CEP students.  Students whose cumulative GPA and/or service hours fall below the required standard are allowed one academic semester of probation. During the probation semester, the student will receive the scholarship. If the student fails to attain the required cumulative GPA and/or 50 hours of service after the probationary semester, the scholarship will be cancelled. If the student has financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a portion of the scholarship may be returned in the form of a Northeastern Grant. The student may regain the scholarship by bringing his/her cumulative GPA above the required standard. Students are only eligible for one probationary period. Students who lose their scholarship for academic, service or other reasons can submit an appeal in writing to their financial aid counselor, explaining the special circumstances to be considered. Appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Scholarship Appeals Committee. All decisions are final.

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Scholarship Probation for Service Requirement

CEP service hours are reviewed at the end of the Spring semester for first-year CEP students and at the end of June for upper-class CEP students. Students who attain less than the required service hours are allowed one academic semester of probation. Similar to the process of academic probation, the student will continue to receive the scholarship during the probation semester. If the student fails to attain 50 hours of service after the probationary semester, the scholarship will be cancelled.