How To Apply

There are a number of resources available to help you finance your Northeastern education. We recommend that every student and family consider applying for financial aid, regardless of their income and assets.

Depending on your student type, the financial aid application deadline dates and requirements may vary. We are here to guide you through the process and make it as simple as possible.

Step 1: Choose an application checklist

Step 2: Complete the appropriate application(s) by the priority deadline

Applicant Type Required Application(s) Priority Filing Deadline
Early Decision I FAFSA & CSS Profile November 15
Early Action FAFSA & CSS Profile December 1
Early Decision II FAFSA & CSS Profile January 15
Regular Decision FAFSA & CSS Profile February 15
Gl-Huq Elizabeth Lally e.lally@northeastern.edu
Applicant Type Required Application(s) Priority Filing Deadline
Spring Transfer Applicants FAFSA & CSS Profile October 15
Fall Transfer Applicants FAFSA & CSS Profile April 15
Gl-Huq Elizabeth Lally e.lally@northeastern.edu
Student Type Required Application(s) Priority Filing Deadline
Returning Students FAFSA April 1
Gl-Huq Elizabeth Lally e.lally@northeastern.edu

*Students seeking federal student aid only are not required to complete the College Scholarship Service’s (CSS) Profile form.


All undergraduate students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal and state funding. Spring 2019 Transfer applicants should complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA. The 2019-2020 FAFSA, available starting October 1, 2018, requires income and tax information from 2017. While the FAFSA may be submitted beyond the priority filing deadline date listed above, it is important that the federal processor receive your FAFSA by that date for you to be considered for all funds for which you are eligible.

Northeastern University’s school code is 002199.

After you have submitted your FAFSA, your Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you directly, typically via email, by the U.S. Department of Education. Be sure to review your Student Aid Report completely. Your SAR will also indicate if you have been selected for verification, as there will be an asterisk (*) next to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If you are selected for verification, you may be required to submit additional documents. If additional documentation is required, students will be notified in writing by our office. Or, you may check through your myNortheastern portal. Once you have logged in, choose “Services & Links,” then select “My Financial Aid Status” under the “Student Financial Services” category, and “Documents” from the menu options.

If you are a returning student, the verification process must be completed before your financial aid award will be processed. Learn more.

CSS Profile

In addition to completing the FAFSA, all first-year undergraduate applicants, including transfer applicants, are required to complete the CSS Profile to be considered for need-based institutional funding. You may complete the CSS Profile online beginning October 1.

Students whose biological parents are not married to each other are also required to provide noncustodial parent household information. If a student is not able to contact the noncustodial parent, you may submit a CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent.

Northeastern University’s school code is 3667.

College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)

The College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC), is a secure platform that collects documents from prospective and incoming financial aid applicants on behalf of Northeastern University’s Office of Student Financial Services.

After you submit your CSS Profile, you will receive an email from the College Board with instructions on creating your IDOC account. After creating your IDOC account, you may upload application materials, as requested by Northeastern University, through your IDOC portal.

For additional information regarding Northeastern and IDOC, please visit our FAQ and view the Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) Overview, which provides information regarding IDOC portal navigation and document uploads.