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 require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to maximize financial aid eligibility.
Many scholarships require signing a contract of understanding, which is included with the financial aid offer. 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 succeed in this program.
Students 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 to $28,000 for the first year. In future years, amounts are awarded on a per-semester basis, ranging from $5,000 to $14,000 per full in-class semester.
Students 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 a previously awarded Northeastern University Grant funds.
Please note that awarded Northeastern National Merit Scholarships are inclusive of any stipend offered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Additionally, eligible students who receive the full-tuition benefit of the Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver are not eligible for an additional scholarship or grant funds from the university, including Northeastern National Scholarships. Students who receive a part-time benefit of the Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver may receive university funds for up to the total cost of tuition, including the Tuition Waiver.
*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 before 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 ([email protected]) or by uploading the documentation through the Application Status Check by April 1, 2021. In order to receive an updated scholarship before 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 before 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 demonstrate the potential to excel academically.
The Program includes a Summer Immersion Program before 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:
Boston Scholarships typically cover full tuition, or full tuition, room and board, depending on the scholarship, for up to eight academic semesters. Please note that these scholarship programs do not cover mandatory fees. Eligible students may apply for financial aid, which may assist with the cost of mandatory fees.
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.
There are countless ways to earn micro-scholarships on RaiseMe, including:
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. They will be awarded on a per-term basis after that, 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:
Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Your GPA will be reviewed at the end of the spring semester. If your GPA falls below 3.00, you are allowed one academic semester of probation for the first in-class semester of the following academic year to regain eligibility. During this semester, you will receive your RaiseMe scholarship. If you fail to attain the required GPA after the probationary semester, the scholarship will be canceled. You may regain the scholarship by bringing your cumulative GPA above 3.00; however, you will not receive any future probationary periods.
There are many private scholarships and grants, independent of Northeastern University and the federal aid process. 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.