Student Support and Financial Aid

Northeastern’s robust financial aid programs and broad academic, athletic, and cultural offerings help attract a diverse and talented student body. You can help bring the most deserving students to campus—and support our signature global co-op, study-abroad, service-learning, student-research, athletics, and campus-life enrichment programs.



Endowment for scholarships and financial aid

Help more young people finance a high-quality, experiential education and avoid burdensome loans that restrict their choice of career. Currently, financial aid recipients receive grants drawn from university operating funds; they also receive aid from external sources, including loans. Only a small fraction of aid comes from endowment. By endowing a scholarship, you’ll create a permanent stream of support. You may direct endowment or current-use support to a particular major, or to a nontraditional or underserved population. The campaign seeks $50 million for need-based, recruitment, retention, and international scholarships.


Targeted scholarship programs

You can provide scholarships, academic support, mentoring, and housing to exceptional students through unique programs like these:

The University Scholars Program awards full tuition to applicants who display exceptional academic achievement and potential for leadership, creativity, and entrepreneurship;

The Presidential Global Scholars Program enables high-achieving students to pursue international co-ops;

The Torch Scholars Program champions young people—first in their families to attend college—who have overcome exceptional odds and demonstrated the potential to excel; and

Foundation Year combines rigorous academics with support services to prepare Boston high school graduates for success in any college program.



Doctoral students are the engines of university-based research. Generous fellowships attract the best of these students, who in turn exert a multiplier effect by attracting top faculty. The campaign seeks $10 million to support graduate students, particularly in emerging disciplines, such as data security, personal health informatics, nanomedicine, and the digital humanities.


Research support

Make it possible for more undergraduates to do engage in research with faculty experts, in an exhilarating exchange of energy and ideas. Consider funding a research co-op. Or support honors projects or senior capstone theses.


Global learning

International co-ops, Dialogue of Civilizations, and traditional study-abroad options deepen students’ cultural fluency and help them become productive world citizens. The campaign seeks $10 million so that every undergraduate might benefit.



Varsity, intramural, and club sports engage three in four Northeastern students. The campaign seeks $20 million to expand facilities and playing fields. Help the Huskies rise to national prominence in basketball, hockey, and crew. Establish an athletic scholarship. Endow a coaching position. Fund team travel. Build a varsity practice court or rowing tank. Or champion leadership and social change through the Sport in Society program.


Enrichment activities

Help Northeastern build community by keeping students connected. You can expand first-year Living-Learning Communities; support clubs, such as those for entrepreneurs and teen mentors; or broaden volunteer opportunities. Make a gift to WeCare, a support program for students facing psychosocial and financial challenges. Or support affinity groups that elevate alumni engagement globally.



Capital improvements fueled by the Empower campaign will enrich the Northeastern experience. You can create a performing arts center, for example, or name a dining hall, residence hall, or Snell Library’s state-of-the-art Digital Media Commons.


priority-students-finalNortheastern students don’t just see the world—they shape it. Presidential Global Scholarships made it possible for Miguel de Corral to do co-ops at both the NATO Defense College, in Rome, and the Geneva Forum.

On co-op, de Corral began writing about issues of international security, from uprisings in the Arab world to the European Union’s role in the Middle East. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, the policy journal Europe’s World, and other academic publications and media outlets.

“It was on co-op that I found my voice,” Miguel de Corral says. “I hope to counter isolation and conflict among nations with strategies for engagement and cooperation.