In addition to standard financial aid application materials, such as the CSS Profile and Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students and families may be required to submit additional information before we can prepare or finalize a financial aid award. Should additional materials or other supporting documentation be needed, we will indicate this to you in writing. Students may login to their myNortheastern to review any outstanding requirements.
Please note, students and families are not required to submit copies of tax forms or W-2’s unless we specifically request this information.
If you need to update or correct the information originally submitted on your FAFSA, you may make any adjustments to the FAFSA online and resubmit the corrections electronically.
You are not required to officially accept your offer of assistance. We assume that you accept the entire aid package unless you specifically notify us that you wish to decline all or part of the award. Please pay close attention to the language contained in your financial aid award letter as it will provide important information about the paperwork and processes that are necessary to obtain certain sources of financial aid.
Should you decide to decline any part of your award, we ask that you send an email to your financial aid counselor from your Northeastern email address (@husky.neu.edu) indicating the type of aid and amount you would like cancelled.
If you will be receiving any forms of assistance not listed on your offer (such as a scholarship from an outside organization), you need to notify us of this additional resource.
Your financial aid award is based on the information provided on your financial aid application materials. If you submitted your enrollment deposit and indicated on your FAFSA and/or CSS Profile that another member of your household will be enrolled at least half time in post-secondary education during the academic year, you will be asked to complete a Sibling Enrollment Verification Form to verify your sibling’s enrollment. This form will be sent to you via email in early August and requires verification from the institution your sibling(s) attends.
If you or your family has experienced a change in financial circumstances, such as loss of income, significant out of pocket medical/dental expenses or separation/divorce, since filing your FAFSA and/or CSS Profile, please let us know. Once we have information about this change, we can let you know the process for filing an official appeal. For additional information, please see our Change in Financial Circumstances review policy.
When comparing financial aid awards you will want to examine not only the total award amount, but also the net cost of attendance for each school after financial aid. Make sure to differentiate between grant aid (that does not have to be repaid) and loans. Some financial aid awards also include a parent loan; Northeastern aid packages do not. Costs should also be compared based on the educational experiences and outcomes you can expect to receive from each school.
Your offer of assistance is based on the expectation that you will be a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours). A reduction to your courseload may result in a reduction or cancellation of your aid.
If you change your planned enrollment, your financial aid may need to be adjusted. For example, a change from an in-school term to a co-op term would require a redisbursement of aid.
If you or your family has experienced a change in financial circumstances, such as loss of income, significant out of pocket medical/dental expenses or separation/divorce, since filing your FAFSA, please let us know. Once we have information about this change, we can let you know the process for filing an official appeal. For additional information, please see our Change in Financial Circumstances review policy.
Most aid is disbursed for in-class terms during which you will be assessed tuition charges. Exceptions include the Federal Direct Loan, Federal Pell Grant, and state grants.
View additional information regarding financial aid eligibility and policies.
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 information provided on the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile. If you have been selected for verification and are required to submit additional documents, you will be notified in writing.
If you are a new, incoming student, your Offer of Financial Assistance is tentative, pending the completion of the verification process. Should the verified financial information differ significantly from the original information provided on your FAFSA and/or CSS Profile forms, there may be a change in your financial aid eligibility.
If you are a returning student, the verification process must be completed before a financial aid award will be made available to you.
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 myNortheastern 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 1040x), you will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Instructions to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool are provided while completing the FAFSA or filing a correction. Certain data elements such as AGI and taxes paid will be entered for you on the FAFSA.
Students and parents are strongly encouraged to use this option when initially completing the FAFSA or when making a correction after the required tax returns have been filed.
In order to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you must have:
You will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval process if:
An official IRS Tax Return 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.
Note: Tax filers should not request to have their IRS Tax Return 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.