Cost & Financial Aid

Merit Scholarships

A lifetime of hard work and determination pays off. At Northeastern, we recognize the achievements of our most qualified students with a variety of grants and scholarships. These students distinguish themselves as some of the nation’s top creative thinkers, intrepid entrepreneurs, and motivated researchers.

For more information on scholarships, see the Grants and Scholarships page on the Student Financial Services website.

  • Students who are in the top 10-15% of our applicant pool are considered for competitive merit awards, including the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship. Recipients are awarded between $10,000 and $28,000 annually. All fall freshman applicants who apply for undergraduate admission to Northeastern no later than the Regular Decision deadline of January 1 are considered.

  • 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.

    *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 as their college choice to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). In order to receive an updated scholarship prior to May 1, 2022, students must designate Northeastern as their college choice by the priority deadline of March 31, 2022. 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, 2022.

    **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 ( or by uploading the documentation through the Application Status Check by March 31, 2022. In order to receive an updated scholarship prior to May 1, 2022, Scholars must submit their documentation by the priority deadline of March 31, 2022. 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, 2022.

  • This scholarship program identifies students who have the potential to become agents for positive global change. The program is focused on developing leaders for an increasingly diverse and complex world. Scholarship recipients are selected by the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute and Admissions. For more information, please visit the Ujima website.

  • Northeastern is deeply committed to working with the City of Boston and our campus neighbors. There are several additional scholarship and grant programs available to Boston students, including:

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

    Learn more about City of Boston scholarship opportunities.

  • Continuing our storied commitment to educational access, the Torch Scholars Program awards full-tuition scholarships to students who have overcome exceptional odds and demonstrated the potential for academic excellence. 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 a professional who has knowledge of their achievements and character, such as a school counselor, teacher, mentor, clergy, community worker, etc. Learn more.

  • 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 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. 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 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 eligibility criteria provided on the Student Financial Services website.