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Effective Fall 2023, Northeastern University has implemented a new policy regarding late fees. Learn more about this policy.

In observance of Juneteenth, Student Financial Services will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th.  Regular campus services will resume on Thursday, June 20th.


Scholarships for First-Year Students

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.

In addition to its generous need-based financial aid program, Northeastern University awards merit scholarships to select students.

Recipients of the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship are awarded up to $28,000 annually. All fall first-year applicants who apply for undergraduate admission to Northeastern no later than the Regular Decision deadline of January 1 are considered.

All fall first-year students admitted to Northeastern University London are considered for the Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and our expectation of superior performance.

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, International Scholars, or other merit awards and may result in a change to previously awarded Northeastern University Grant funds. Please note that students designated as both National Recognition Scholars and National Merit Finalists are only eligible for one National Scholarship.

National Merit Semifinalists or National Recognition Program Scholars in the Northeastern London double degree program are not eligible for the National Scholarship.

*National Merit Finalist Deadline:
In order to be eligible for the Northeastern National Merit Finalist Scholarship, National Merit Finalists must be admitted to Northeastern and should designate Northeastern University-Boston as their college choice (regardless of their enrollment opportunity) to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). To receive an updated scholarship prior to May 1, 2024, students must designate Northeastern as their college choice by the priority deadline of April 11, 2024. Finalists who list Northeastern after the priority deadline are eligible for the scholarship but are not guaranteed to receive notification of the scholarship from Northeastern prior to May 1, 2024.

**National Recognition Program Scholar Deadline:
Students designated as National Recognition Program 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. To receive an updated scholarship prior to May 1, 2024, Scholars must submit their documentation by the priority deadline of April 11, 2024. Scholars who submit documentation after the priority deadline are eligible for the scholarship but are not guaranteed to receive notification of the scholarship from Northeastern prior to May 1, 2024.

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:

  • The Boston Public High School Scholarship
  • The Northeastern Boston Valedictorian Scholarship
  • The Boston Housing Authority Scholarship
  • Northeastern Neighborhood Scholarship
  • Balfour Academy Scholarship

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.

Learn more about these scholarship opportunities.


Northeastern is proud of our long-standing commitment to supporting students in the local communities around our campuses. The Northeastern Oakland Opportunity Scholarship, new for the Fall 2024 academic year, will be awarded to up to 10 seniors graduating from an Oakland Unified School District High School and Pell Eligible City of Oakland residents. The scholarship will cover full tuition, room, and board.

To be eligible to receive the scholarship, students must apply to be a first-year student at Northeastern University by the application deadline and be admitted to our Oakland campus. Each high school may nominate up to two candidates for the award. We encourage you to speak to an educator if you are interested in being nominated. Nominees must have extensive engagement in their local school communities and a commitment to service within the city. Additional candidates may also be identified through Northeastern’s general application evaluation process.

Each year we are proud to name a small cohort of our most accomplished enrolling students as Stamps Scholars at Northeastern University. Selection for this prestigious merit scholarship program is competitive and invited students must complete a specific application process. Stamps Scholars at Northeastern receive a scholarship to cover the full cost of attendance, access to research, travel, or project stipend, and mentorship and support from the University Fellowship office. To read more about the Stamps Scholars Program, click here.

Select admitted students will be invited to submit a video application for review and consideration by faculty and staff in the department of University Fellowships. The nominees and alternates will be notified of their selection in mid-March to allow time to make an informed enrollment choice by the national May 1 deposit deadline. Students should keep an eye on their email for additional information.

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:

  • Outstanding academic accomplishments and achievements.
  • Participating in virtual programming with faculty, staff, and current students.
  • Taking a virtual tour of the campus.
  • Participating in experiential learning opportunities—like contests offered through GlobalShala, a non-governmental organization focused on connecting learnings with global educational opportunities.
  • And many others!

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.