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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 $5,000 and $25,000 annually. All fall freshman applicants for undergraduate admission to Northeastern are considered.

Application Deadline: January 1.

Students who are admitted to Northeastern and are recognized as National Merit Finalists* or National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars** will receive up to a $30,000 merit-based award, 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.

*National Merit Finalist Deadline:
In order to be eligible for these Northeastern scholarships, 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 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 ( or by uploading the documentation through the Application Status Check by April 3, 2017.

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 here.

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 guidance counselor, teacher, mentor, clergy, community worker, etc. Learn more.

Northeastern has partnered 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 represent a minimum of grant or scholarship aid that students will receive from Northeastern University, 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 and is not in addition to earnings on Learn more here.

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