Northeastern has established several competitive scholarship programs to reward outstanding academic achievement. To be considered for one or more of these prestigious awards, you must apply for undergraduate admission to Northeastern no later than the Regular Decision deadline of January 1. Please note that some scholarships may also require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to maximize financial aid eligibility. Only fall freshman applicants may be considered for most of these scholarships.
Many scholarships require the signing of a contract of understanding, which is included with the offer of financial assistance. Most full tuition scholarships (including the Torch, Boston Public High School, and Balfour Academy Scholarships) require participation in the Northeastern University Alliance of Civically Engaged Students (NU|ACES). The Center of Community Service at Northeastern provides students with the tools and resources necessary to achieve success in this program.
Students who are in the top 10-15% of our applicant pool are considered for competitive merit awards, including Dean’s, Connections, and International Scholarships. These scholarship awards range from $10,000-$28,000 for the first year. In future years, amounts are awarded on a per semester basis, ranging from $5,000-$14,000 per full in-class semester.
Students who are admitted to Northeastern and are recognized as National Merit Finalists* or National Recognition Program Scholars** will receive a competitive merit-based award and may also be eligible for financial aid.
Northeastern National Scholarships replace any Honors, Dean’s, Connections, Sophomore Achievement, or International Scholars awards and may result in a change to previously awarded Northeastern University Grant funds.
*National Merit Finalist Deadline:
To be eligible for the Northeastern National Merit Finalist Scholarship, National Merit Finalists must be U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents, admitted to Northeastern, and should designate Northeastern University as their college choice to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) by the priority deadline of April 1, 2021. We will award our first group of scholarships in early March to students who were admitted Early Action or Early Decision. Please note that finalists who list Northeastern after the priority deadline are eligible for the scholarship, but are not guaranteed to receive it prior to May 1, 2021.
**National Recognition Program Scholar Deadline:
Students designated as National African American Recognition Scholars, National Hispanic Recognition Scholars, National Indigenous Recognition Scholars, or National Rural and Small Town Recognition Scholars are eligible for a National Recognition Program Scholarship. To confirm eligibility for this scholarship, Scholars should submit Recognition Program documentation to Admissions by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by uploading the documentation through the Application Status Check by April 1, 2021. In order to receive an updated scholarship prior to May 1, 2021, Scholars must submit their documentation by the priority deadline of April 1, 2021. Scholars who submit documentation after the priority deadline are eligible to receive the scholarship, but are not guaranteed to receive it prior to May 1, 2021.
Continuing a century-old commitment to educational access, the Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative scholarship initiative awarded to students who have overcome exceptional odds and who demonstrate the potential to excel academically.
The Program includes a Summer Immersion Program prior to freshman year. Torch Scholars receive full tuition, fees, and room and board as well as significant personal and academic support. Students must be nominated by an education professional, such as a guidance counselor.
Northeastern is deeply committed to working with the City of Boston and our campus neighbors. There are several additional scholarship programs available to Boston students, including:
Northeastern’s renowned approach to learning is characterized by the connections we maintain with the world beyond our campus. Through our unique co-op model, and experiential learning opportunities with nearly 3,100 partners around the world, Northeastern students have the opportunity to engage globally and develop the leadership skills essential for success.
The Presidential Global Scholarship supports outstanding students who are seeking to participate in a global co-op program. By helping to offset expenses such as travel, meals, and housing, the Presidential Global Scholarship enables students to take advantage of all that a Northeastern education has to offer.
The Compugraphic Corporation Scholarship Fund is available to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic stability as well as financial need, as determined by Student Financial Services. Preference will be given to children of Compugraphic Corporation employees.
The Sally & W. Herbert Lamb Scholarship Fund is available to students from Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro, New Hampshire who are in their freshman year at Northeastern University and enrolled in courses for engineering, computer science, and health care, such as nursing physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.
The Arthur J. O’Donnell Scholarship Fund is available to students from Salem, Massachusetts.
To apply for the Scholarships of the Month, complete the Student Financial Services Endowed Scholarship Application available through your myNortheastern. Once you have logged in to your myNortheastern, choose “Services & Links” and select “Scholarship Application” under “Student Financial Services.” If you have previously submitted an Endowed Scholarship Application, you do not need to submit an additional application for Scholarship of the Month consideration.
Northeastern has partnered with RaiseMe to offer U.S. high school students the opportunity to earn micro-scholarships that recognize their academic achievements and outstanding accomplishments. Students can earn up to $20,000 in micro-scholarships each year, which will be incorporated in their Northeastern University financial aid award.
Eligibility for micro-scholarships 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.
Micro-scholarships earned through RaiseMe represent a minimum of grant or scholarship aid that students will receive from Northeastern, provided they apply, are admitted, and enroll. Students may be eligible for additional aid based on their formal application for admission and financial aid application materials. If you have been awarded a higher amount of institutional grant and/or merit scholarship funding from Northeastern University, this grant/scholarship supersedes your earnings on RaiseMe and is not in addition to those earnings. Please note, for students admitted to The N.U.in Program, your earnings on RaiseMe will be distributed between the fall and spring semester of your first year and will be awarded on a per-term basis thereafter provided you meet the below eligibility criteria.
If a student has applied, been admitted, and enrolled at Northeastern University and is a recipient of RaiseMe micro-scholarships, the following criteria must be met to maintain eligibility after your first year:
Students may be eligible for a variety of aid programs independent of Northeastern University and the federal/state aid process. A number of organizations, both locally and nationally, 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. View additional information, including outside scholarship opportunities and resources.
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides financial support for minority students who demonstrate financial need and academic success. Northeastern University, Student Financial Services (SFS) participates in the GMS Program in support of our students and in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth by the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
GMS Program certifications are issued by Student Financial Services on a term-by-term basis. Please ensure that your GMS certification is submitted through the GMS portal and all supporting documentation for those costs are provided to SFS by the certification deadline date listed below. If supporting documentation for your certification is submitted to our office after the certification deadline date, corrections will be reviewed after the correction deadline referenced below.
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Please note that the GMS Program does not permit certification for summer co-op expenses. Additionally, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program does not accept corrections for the summer term expenses. If you will be requesting coverage for expenses for in-class enrollment during the summer, please ensure that your initial certification for the term accurately reflects your anticipated charges and all documentation has been submitted to SFS prior to the summer certification deadline date.
Your GMS funding will be applied towards any outstanding charges on your student account first. In the event there is a credit balance on your account, you may request a refund through your myNortheastern portal. Any refund for which you are eligible will be released upon receipt of funds from GMS.
Please note, the administration reserves the right to make changes to this policy at any time without notice.