Now that you have applied for financial aid and potentially received your financial aid award, there may be some additional requirements to finalize your financial aid award. Please review the information provided on this page to ensure you have completed all required steps and understand the terms of your award.
You are not required to officially accept the financial aid that has been offered to you.
However, if you are borrowing a Federal Direct Loan for the first time, you will need to complete the following documents for the loan to disburse to your student account. These documents only need to be completed once; in subsequent years loan funds will disburse automatically.
If you wish to cancel or reduce the loan funds that have been offered, please submit your request through the SFS Service Portal.
Please note that federal loans may only be cancelled on a student’s behalf up to 14 days after disbursement.
Your Offer of Financial Assistance is based upon an assumed enrollment pattern, which is indicated on your award. If there are any changes in expected course load, please note these changes on the “Change in Enrollment” form, included in your Offer of Financial Assistance. Changes in enrollment during the course of the academic year must also be communicated to our office, as this may impact your financial aid eligibility.
To maintain eligibility for Federal Student Aid, you must meet the following criteria:
*Please note, some graduate programs only offer 3 credit classes. If this is the case with your program, you still need to be in at least 4 credits to qualify for federal financial aid.
Approximately one-third of all financial aid applicants are selected by either the U.S. Department of Education or Northeastern’s Office of Student Financial Services to verify the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. You will be notified by email if you have been selected. If you are a new student, your offer of assistance is tentative pending the completion of the verification process. If you are a returning student, you will not receive a financial aid award letter until the verification process is complete.
Should the verified financial information differ significantly from the original information provided on the FAFSA, your aid may have to be adjusted. Please be sure to respond to requests for follow-up documentation in a timely manner to avoid delays in applying your financial aid as a credit to your student account.
If selected for verification, documentation may be required from students and/or parents who are listed on the FAFSA. Please only submit the documents requested; required documents will be listed on your Student Hub or requested in writing by our office.
Please note, you may be asked to submit additional documentation along with the items listed below.
Note: if you amended your tax return (filed a 1040-X), you will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
An official tax transcript will be required for tax filers who are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval process or make changes to FAFSA data after using this process.
Tax filers should NOT request to have their IRS Tax Transcript mailed directly to Northeastern University as it may not contain the necessary identifying student information. Tax return transcripts can be requested, free of charge, in one of the following three ways:
IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested online cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ for the year you requested.
IRS Verification of Non-filing Letters can be requested, free of charge, in one of the following three ways:
IRS Verification of Non-filing Letters requested online cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
IRS Verification of Non-filing Letters requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
You will receive instructions for submission via email. Please check your university email address for more information.
Included in your Offer of Financial Assistance, we have provided an estimate of the cost associated with your anticipated enrollment for the year. Individual costs will vary depending on course load, living accommodations and personal expenses.
The information provided below, which is based on figures for the 2022–2023 academic year, can be used to assist you in developing an estimated budget.
|Program||Rate & Frequency|
|Applied Behavioral Analysis||$1,340 (per credit hour)|
|Arts, Media and Design||$1,804 (per credit hour)|
|MS in Media Advocacy||$1,770 (per credit hour)|
|Bouvé College of Health Sciences||$1,752 (per credit hour)|
|Cybersecurity||$1,570 (per credit hour)|
|Data Science||$1,732 (per credit hour)|
|Data Analytics||$1,732 (per credit hour)|
|D’Amore-McKim School of Business Programs (excluding MSA/MBA combined program)||$1,695 (per credit hour)|
|MSA/MBA (effective with cohort beginning summer 2021)||$72,150 (full program)|
|Engineering||$1,740 (per credit hour)|
|Health Informatics||$1,350 (per credit hour)|
|Khoury College of Computer Sciences||$1,667 (per credit hour)|
|Marine Biology||$1,490 (per credit hour)|
|Applied Math||$1,730 (per credit hour)|
|Bioinformatics||$1,730 (per credit hour)|
|Biotechnology||$1,730 (per credit hour)|
|MS in Experiential Biotechnology||$1,451 (per credit hour)|
|Sciences||$1,730 (per credit hour)|
|MS in Environmental Science and Policy||$1,700 (per credit hour)|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities (excluding MA English, MA History, MPA, MPP, MS CJ, MS Econ, MS Security)||$1,300 (per credit hour)|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities MA English||$1,275 (per credit hour)|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities MA History||$1,275 (per credit hour)|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities Master of Public Administration||$952 (per credit hour)|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities Master of Public Policy||$952 (per credit hour)|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities MS in Criminal Justice||$1,011 (per credit hour)|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities MS in Security and Resilience Studies||$1,400 (per credit hour)|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities MS in Economics||$1,433 (per credit hour)|
|Physician Assistant||$17,835 (per term)|
|Dissertation (flat rate equivalent to 1.5 of the college per credit hour rate listed above)||1.5 x per credit hour rate|
|Masters or Doctoral Continuation Fee (flat rate equivalent to the college per credit hour rate listed above)||1 credit hour rate|
|Direct Entry Nursing On-ground||$21,034 (per term)|
|Direct Entry PharmD||$26,108 (per semester)|
|Direct Entry PharmD Clinical||$15,395 (per semester)|
|Post Baccalaureate Direct Entry Graduate DPT||$19,625 (per semester)|
|Post Baccalaureate Direct Entry Graduate DPT (effective January 2020 new entries)||$19,165 (per semester)|
|Post Baccalaureate Direct Entry Graduate DPT Clinical||$13,965 (per semester)|
|Nurse Anesthetist Clinical||$4,400 (in addition to tuition)|
Please note, courses taken outside of your home college may be billed at the per credit rate of the college offering the course.
|Student Center Fee (per term, Boston Campus only)||$70|
|Student Recreation Fee (per term)||$60|
|Student Activities Fee (per year, Boston Campus only)||$18|
|University Health and Counseling Center Fee||$225|
|Health Plan Fee (annual, optional)||$2,499|
|Parking (optional, per semester)||View additional information|
|International Student Fee||$350|
|Living Allowance (fall, spring and summer)||$8,100|
|Books and Supplies (full-time students)||$450|
|Transportation (fall and spring)||$450|
|Transportation (summer term)||$300|
|Personal Expenses (fall and spring)||$450|
|Personal Expenses (summer term)||$300|
*Figures are estimates only
If additional assistance is needed beyond your financial aid award to cover your costs, there are a variety of financing options available, including a monthly payment plan and supplemental loans through private, state and federal sources, for those who qualify. View additional information regarding financing options.