Types of Aid


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. Only fall freshman applicants may be considered for most of these scholarships.

Students are not required to complete the financial aid applications to be considered for a merit-based scholarship.

Many scholarships require the signing of a contract of understanding, which is included with the offer of financial assistance. Most full tuition scholarships (including the Torch, BPHS, BHA, and Balfour Scholarships) require a minimum of 100 hours of community service each year. The Center of Community Service at Northeastern provides students with the tools and resources necessary to achieve success in this program.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Students who are 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-$25,000 for the first year. In future years, amounts are awarded on a per semester basis, ranging from $5,000-$12,500 per full in-class semester.

Northeastern National Scholarships

Students who are admitted to Northeastern and are recognized as National Merit Finalists* or National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars** will receive up to $30,000 merit based award per academic year or up to $15,000 merit based award per academic semester and may also be eligible for financial aid. Northeastern National Scholarships replace any Dean’s, Excellence, Connections, or International Scholars awards and may result in a change to previously awarded Northeastern University Grant funds.

Northeastern National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars will receive priority consideration for The University Honors Program.

*To be eligible for these Northeastern scholarships, National Merit Finalists must be must be U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents, admitted to Northeastern and should designate Northeastern University as your college choice to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by April 3, 2017. We will award our first group of scholarships in early March to students who were admitted Early Action or Early Decision.

**National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or documented permanent residents and submit NHRP Scholar documentation to Admissions by email ( nationalscholar@northeastern.edu) or by uploading the documentation through the Application Status Check by April 3, 2017.

Torch Scholars

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 who demonstrate the potential to excel academically.

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 an education professional, such as a guidance counselor.

Boston Scholarships

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

Learn more about these scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship of the Month: December

Helen Vawter Culver Memorial Scholarship Fund

General Eligibility

The Helen Vawter Culver Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to a deserving student who demonstrates financial need and strong academic performance who meets one, or all, of the following criteria, in order of donor preference:

  • Undergraduate student who was served by the New England Home for Little Wanderers or the Italian Home for Children, or had an affiliation with either group as a child.
  • Talented and financial needy undergraduate student who graduated from an inner-city Boston high school, and is currently enrolled in the School of Nursing as a sophomore.
  • Upper-class undergraduate student from inner-city Boston who suddenly has financial need and is unable to continue without financial assistance.

Award Amount

One award of $1,000 is available

How to Apply

All scholarships are for Undergraduate Day students only. To apply, you must complete the Scholarship of the Month Application and submit it to Student Financial Services. Applications are due no later than the last day of the month and will be reviewed at the start of the following month.

Senior Challenge Class of ’94 Scholarship Fund

General Eligibility

The Senior Challenge Class of ’94 Scholarship Fund is to aid seniors who might be unable to graduate on time due to financial difficulty. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior who demonstrates financial need and fulfills all of the requirements specified by the leadership of Senior Challenge ’94, as follows:

  • Complete Senior Clearance;
  • Submit an essay explaining how NU has made a difference in his/her life;
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a co-op employer, advisor, faculty, or staff person from Northeastern;
  • Have participated in student activities on campus or with community programs in the area;
  • Attended Northeastern University for 3-5 years (including their senior year)

Award Amount

One award of $2,500 is available

How to Apply

All scholarships are for Undergraduate Day students only. To apply, you must complete the Scholarship of the Month Application and submit it to Student Financial Services. Applications are due no later than the last day of the month and will be reviewed at the start of the following month.

Note: Before applying please be sure to review the qualifications and make sure you meet all requested characteristics.


Northeastern has partnered with Raise.me 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.

Eligibility for micro-scholarships is determined at the time of admission to Northeastern University. Micro-scholarships earned through Raise.me 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 a higher amount of grant aid is included in the final award letter from Northeastern University, please note that this includes the amount earned on Raise.me and is not in addition to earnings on Raise.me.

If a student has applied, been admitted, and enrolled at Northeastern University and is a recipient of Raise.me micro-scholarships, the following criteria must be met to maintain eligibility:

Outside Scholarships

Students may be eligible for a variety of aid programs independent of Northeastern University and the federal/state aid process. A number of organizations, both locally and nationally, have funds available for students who meet their criteria. Students are encouraged to pursue outside scholarship opportunities to help with the cost of their education. View additional information, including outside scholarship opportunities and resources.

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