Northeastern University is home to one of the largest international student communities in the United States and provides international students with resources, support, and guidance as they chart their academic journey. Review the information on this page to understand what financial resources are available.
The admission application process varies based on the program or college you are choosing to apply to.
Undergraduate admission to Northeastern is need-aware for all international students, which means the Admissions Committee will consider your ability to cover your Northeastern educational costs when your admissions decision is being made.
All international students must submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) at the time of application for admission to illustrate and document sufficient financial support that meets Northeastern’s estimated costs (including both tuition and living expenses) for one year. International students can access the DCF via their Application Status Check. Please note, when considering the cost of attending Northeastern, it is important to consider the full program cost, in addition to estimated expenses for one year.
Further instructions are available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.
Although only U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens are eligible for federal or university-provided need-based financial aid, international students may qualify for merit-based scholarships.
Incoming, first-year international students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships through their application for undergraduate admission. Available scholarship opportunities include:
Competitive, merit-based scholarship award. Awards range from $10,000–$28,000 annually but do not cover the total cost of attendance.
Northeastern has partnered with RaiseMe to offer U.S. high school students the opportunity to earn microscholarships that recognize their academic achievements and outstanding accomplishments. Students can earn up to $20,000 in microscholarships each year, which will be incorporated in their Northeastern University financial aid award.
Eligibility for microscholarships is determined at the time of admission to Northeastern University. You must complete and submit your RaiseMe portfolio by our earning deadline of November 1 of your senior year.
Students may be eligible for a variety of outside scholarships independent of Northeastern University and the federal/state aid process. A number of organizations, both within the U.S. and globally, have funds available for students who meet their criteria. Students are encouraged to pursue outside scholarship opportunities to help with the cost of their education.
Resources for outside scholarships include:
Students in Graduate Programs as well as the College of Professional Studies, both bachelor’s completion and master’s degrees, are considered for merit-based scholarships through their application for admission. Additionally, graduate students may be considered for scholarship opportunities through the department or college they are applying to.
If you have questions regarding merit-based scholarships for Graduate Programs and the College of Professional Studies, please contact the department, college, or school to which you are applying to or are currently enrolled.
Below is the estimated cost of attendance for the 2020–2021 academic year. Tuition and fee rates for 2021–2022 will be available in spring 2021. View a complete list of tuition and fee rates. All tuition and fees are subject to revision by Northeastern University’s Board of Trustees.
Please note, indirect expenses, including books, personal expenses, transportation, and living allowance, are not charged directly by the university. However, they are part of your total cost of attendance and important when considering the cost of attending Northeastern University. Additionally, the estimated figures below are for one academic year only, and will vary depending on course load, living accommodations, and personal expenses. When considering the cost of attending Northeastern, it is important to consider the full program cost.
Students are entitled to borrow up to their cost of attendance, less any award merit-based or outside scholarships. As such, the figures reflected below may vary from the minimum dollar amount required to receive an I-20.
|Cost Type||Per Year|
|Room and Board***||$17,480|
|Books and Personal Expenses||$2,800|
*Includes 16 semester hours per term (fall and spring semester).
**Resident fees include the Undergraduate Student Fee, Student Center Fee, Student Activity Fee, Recreation Fee, and Residential Student Fee (excluding commuters). Please note, international students are also responsible for the International Student Fee of $350, which must be paid along with the enrollment deposit. educational program. enrolls in. Learn more about university fees.
***Room rates vary depending on occupancy and assignment. Board is based upon 17 meals per week.
Note: students are required by Massachusetts law to be enrolled in a comparable student health program or health benefit plan. The cost of the Northeastern University Student Health Plan in 2020–2021 is $2,099.
Estimated cost of attendance for students enrolled in Graduate Programs and within the College of Professional Studies varies depending upon the program in which you’re enrolled. For planning purposes, we’ve included estimated costs below based on the 2020–2021 academic year.
Tuition is assessed at a per-credit rate, based on your program or college. To determine the estimated tuition cost for the academic year, multiply the per credit rate by the total number of credits you will be taking for the academic year.
|Fee Type||Graduate Programs||CPS Master’s Programs||CPS Bachelor’s Completion Programs|
|Living Allowance||$24,300 (3 semesters)||$22,740 (4 quarters)||$19,476 (3 semesters)|
Please note, international students are responsible for the International Student Fee of $350, which must be paid along with the enrollment deposit. each educational program, including each degree or certificate program the student enrolls in. Learn more about university fees.
Note: Students are required by Massachusetts law to be enrolled in either a school-issued student health insurance plan, or to have comparable, domestic health insurance coverage. The cost of the Northeastern University Student Health Plan in 2020–2021 is $2,099.
Learn more about financing options, billing statements, and how you can monitor your student account.
Billing statements are generated approximately four to six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester and posted to the myNortheastern portal. An email will be sent to your Northeastern email account once your billing statement is available.
Full payment of tuition, residence hall fees, and other related charges are due prior to the start of the term, as specified by the due date on the original billing statement. A past-due balance may result in the prevention of registration or grade release assessment of late fees and/or financial holds applied to your account. Balances that are over 90 days past the original due date for the term may be sent to Heartland ECSI. Should a balance due remain, your account may be sent to a collection agency.
Please note: Payments will be accepted for billed charges only. The university is not able to process payments for more than the balance due on your account.
For additional information regarding the billing process, please visit our Billing FAQ.
Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Direct Deposit at Northeastern University. Enrollment in Direct Deposit can be completed electronically, through the myNortheastern portal, and has several benefits for students.
For additional information about Direct Deposit and how to enroll, please visit our Direct Deposit FAQ.
Massachusetts law requires that every student in a Massachusetts institution of higher learning participate in a student health insurance plan that meets or exceeds state minimum requirements. NUSHP, the university’s student health plan, is administered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts and exceeds the minimum required by the state.
In those situations where the tuition is paid directly to the university by a third party, the student must provide the Office of Student Accounts with a purchase order or a written statement of intent to pay by the third party no later than the end of the first week of classes. If there are stipulations associated with the payment agreement, such as a minimum grade level, then the student must either pay the university directly or enroll in one of the payment options.
Northeastern University offers monthly payment plans, administered through Nelnet Campus Commerce. The monthly payment plan allows you to divide your educational costs into smaller installments.
Flywire allows students and their families a safe, cost-effective, and convenient method of making international wire payments to the university in foreign currencies. Advantages of using Flywire include tracking your payment from start to finish, the ability to pay from any country and any bank, as well as the best rate guarantee on foreign exchange rates.
International students and their families may be eligible to borrow from private lenders with a credit-worthy U.S. co-signer. When considering supplemental loan options, you should compare the benefits and costs of several lenders before you apply to find the one that best meets your needs.
Lenders offering private educational loans for international students include MPOWER Financing and Prodigy Student Loans. Learn more about loan options including tips for researching private loans.
By law, Northeastern University cannot produce a 1098-T form for a student without a valid Social Security number (SSN) or Tax Identification Number (TIN) on file. To update your SSN or TIN, please complete the Social Security Update form through the Office of the Registrar.
Once you have submitted this form and your SSN/TIN has been updated, please submit your 1098-T request to [email protected] and provide the following:
Additional information regarding 1098-T forms is available here.