Applying for Financial Aid

The Northeastern Value

When you invest with us here at Northeastern, we invest in you.
The Northeastern Advantage provides students with a distinct edge in their future endeavors. By integrating rigorous academics and experiential learning through co-op, undergraduate research, global opportunities, service learning, and more, we prepare students for success in a high-velocity world.

Northeastern has been the nation’s leader in experiential learning for more than a century and the Princeton Review consistently ranks Northeastern among the top universities in the nation for career services, including four years ranked #1.

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Northeastern Promise

At Northeastern, we believe in your future. We also believe that financing your education is a partnership that continues throughout your enrollment, not just for your first year. Our commitment is reflected in our unique Northeastern Promise. The Promise enables you to plan for the entire cost of your degree. Under the Promise, we guarantee that:

  • We are dedicated to meeting each incoming domestic financial aid applicant’s full demonstrated need.
  • Northeastern University scholarship and grant funds will not be reduced during your undergraduate program (for up to eight in-class semesters).*
  • Northeastern University need-based grant funds will be increased annually at the same percentage rate as the increase in tuition.
  • If your family experiences a substantial negative change in financial circumstances, we will reevaluate your aid package and make available all financial resources for which you qualify.

Applying for Aid

Qualifying for financial aid depends on a number of factors: your family’s financial need, your academic profile, and the availability of university funds.**

The only way to know if you are eligible for grants, Federal Work-Study, and loans is to apply for aid. Regardless of your family’s income and assets, many options are available to help pay educational expenses. Funds such as the Northeastern Grant, Federal Pell and SEOG grants, subsidized Stafford Loans and Federal Work-Study, to name a few, may provide the foundation of your financial support.

To apply for financial aid, complete the FAFSA and PROFILE applications.***

(NU code 3667)

Students applying for institutional need-based aid must fill out a profile. The priority filing date for the CSS Profile depends upon your admission application status:

  • ED students must submit by November 15, 2016.
  • EA students must submit by December 1, 2016.
  • RD students must submit by February 15, 2017.
  • Fall transfer students must submit by May 1, 2017.
  • Spring transfer students must submit by October 15, 2017.

(NU code 002199)—available beginning October 1.

The priority filing date for FAFSA applications is February 15, 2017. 
Applying by the February 15 priority filing deadline will ensure that you are considered for the maximum funding available based on your financial need. Once all of your information has been submitted and reviewed by the Student Financial Services Office, a financial aid award will be created for you, outlining the funding that you are eligible to receive for the academic year. Provided we have received all the necessary application materials, you will receive your financial aid award at the same time as your admission decision.

  • Fall transfer students must file by May 1, 2017.
  • Spring transfer students must file by October 15, 2017.

*In order to be eligible for need-based financial aid, a student must be a U.S. citizen or a Permanent Resident. Information for international students is available here.
** Students must file the FAFSA each year and meet satisfactory academic progress standards to be eligible for Northeastern University grant funds. Students must maintain the minimum cumulative GPA required to be eligible for any scholarship funds.
***Students seeking federal student aid only are not required to complete the CSS Profile Form.

For more information, please visit the Student Financial Services website.