FAFSA Update: The 2024-2025 FAFSA is available to complete online. Due to Federal delays in releasing FAFSA information, Northeastern will require additional time to process your offer of financial assistance. Please visit our FAFSA Updates Page for more information and timely announcements.

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


Change in Circumstance

Northeastern makes every effort to work with students and families to discuss and evaluate changes in a family’s financial circumstances. We understand that many families have been impacted by unexpected financial hardship, including but not limited to, loss of job or reduction in pay. With any potential change in circumstance evaluation, you will be required to provide documentation regarding the nature of the financial change, as well as the short- and long-term impact of these changes. We work in partnership with families to review and understand their change in circumstances. Our office evaluates appeals through the course of the academic year and leverage available documentation to perform the most comprehensive review possible.

If you or your family have experienced a Change in Financial Circumstances, please submit a Change in Circumstances request via the SFS Service Portal.

Upon receipt of the completed form, we will then review the circumstances and provide you with additional information on whether formal appeal documents will be required. Please note that additional required documentation may include, but is not limited to, documentation of income change or job loss, final pay stub(s), and/or documentation of any unemployment benefits.

Please note, to access the Change in Circumstances Form, your Northeastern login is required. If you are a newly admitted student to Northeastern University, visit this website for additional information on setting up your Northeastern online account login.

All Change in Circumstance requests will require the submission of supporting documentation, including current and prior year signed federal tax returns and W-2/1099 information.

Please note that this process applies to the 2023-2024 academic year only.  For appeals pertaining to the 2024-2025 academic year, please refer to Appeals for Special & Unusual Circumstances.