All students are considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of admission. Merit scholarships are typically awarded for up to eight academic semesters during your undergraduate program. Review the information below to learn more about maintaining eligibility for a merit-based scholarship you’ve been awarded, as well as additional scholarship opportunities beyond your first year at Northeastern.
Awarded institutional scholarships are typically guaranteed for up to eight academic semesters during your undergraduate program, provided that you:
Institutional merit-based scholarships are applied during in-class semesters, and when students are earning academic credit. The amount of the merit scholarship you receive is based on your enrollment and corresponding tuition charge. Full-time enrollment during a fall or spring term is considered 12 to 16 credits and eight credits during a Summer I or Summer II session. If your tuition charges for a semester are prorated or adjusted due to a leave of absence, or other university-approved reason, your scholarship will be proportionally adjusted based on your lower tuition cost.
Please note that students are encouraged to apply for financial aid, but you are not required to complete the FAFSA to receive your merit scholarship.
If you do not maintain the required cumulative grade-point average for your scholarship, you will be eligible for one semester of probation for the first in-class semester of the following academic year to regain eligibility. During this semester, you will receive the scholarship. If you fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement after the probationary semester, the scholarship will be canceled. You may regain the scholarship by bringing your GPA up to the required minimum. For additional information regarding the minimum GPA requirements for your scholarship or the appeal process if you lose your scholarship for academic or other reasons, please contact our office at [email protected].
In addition to institutional merit-based scholarships awarded to students at the time of admission, returning students may also be eligible for the following scholarship opportunities:
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 offers.
ROTC scholarships are awarded to eligible Northeastern students each term upon notification of eligibility from ROTC.
Please note that if you enroll in the Army ROTC Program at Northeastern University and are a recipient of Army benefits, Northeastern’s commitment to providing support equivalent to 20% of university tuition is inclusive of any awarded merit scholarship.
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides financial support for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students who demonstrate financial need and academic success. Northeastern University, Student Financial Services participates in the GMS Program to support our students and follow 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 is 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 are 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 before the summer certification deadline date.
Your GMS funding will be applied toward any outstanding charges on your student account first. If there is a credit balance on your account, you may request a refund through the 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.
There are many private scholarships and grants, independent of Northeastern University and the federal aid process that first-year students may choose to apply on their own to assist with the cost of education.
If you have been selected to receive an outside scholarship, you must notify our office. A review and possible recalculation of your financial aid offer may occur. In the event there is a change in your financial aid offer, you will be notified electronically.
Learn more about outside scholarships.