How To Apply

There are a number of resources available to help you finance your Northeastern education. We recommend that every 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.

Please note, there is a change in the financial aid application process beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year. Income information needed for the application will be from the “Prior-Prior Year.” For the 2017-2018 application, you will be using income and tax information from the 2015 calendar year.

Step 1: Choose an application checklist

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

First-Year Applicants

Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, the priority filing deadline for the FAFSA will be aligned with that of the CSS Profile. Below are the priority filing deadline dates for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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

Transfer Applicants

Applicant Type Required Application(s) Priority Filing Deadline
Fall 2018 Transfer Applicants FAFSA & CSS Profile April 15
Spring 2018 Transfer Applicants FAFSA & CSS Profile October 15
Gl-Huq Elizabeth Lally e.lally@northeastern.edu

Returning Students

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. The 2018-2019 FAFSA will be available beginning October 1, 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.

Designate Northeastern University as a recipient of your FAFSA by including our school code, 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. Students will be notified in writing by our office if additional documentation is required. You may also check through your myNEU portal, under the “Self-Service” tab, “My Financial Aid Status” link and “Documents” tab.

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 students, including transfers, are required to complete the CSS Profile to be considered for need-based institutional funding. You may file the CSS Profile online beginning October 1.

Students whose natural parents are not married to each other are also required to complete a Noncustodial Parent PROFILE. If a student is not able to contact the noncustodial parent, you may submit a Request for Waiver of the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE.

Designate Northeastern University as a recipient of your CSS Profile by including our school code, 3667.