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Financial Awards and Financial Aid

Financial Awards

Assistantships and Scholarships

Stipended graduate assistantships and scholarships are awarded to full-time degree candidates through the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, at the recommendation of the department. There is no separate application for assistantships or scholarships, and applicants can indicate interest in these awards via the “Financial Assistance” section in the online admission application.

Stipended Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students

The Department of English offers stipended graduate assistantships (SGAs) to all students entering the Ph.D. program.

Students who enter the Ph.D. program may expect up to 5-6 years of financial support while in residence as teaching assistants, depending on which degree is held at the time of entry. Funding packages include a stipend over fall and spring semesters for living expenses, full tuition remission for fall and spring semesters, and health insurance.

Stipended graduate assistants’ duties are typically divided between teaching courses in the department’s Writing Programs and tutoring students in the Writing Center. There are also several competitive graduate assistant assignments with affiliated journals, NULab projects, the Undergraduate Program, and the Writing Program for which SGAs may apply.

All SGAs are expected to make satisfactory progress in their studies and to be effective teachers. More information is available at https://cssh.northeastern.edu/graduate/financial_aid/.

Scholarships for Master of Arts Students

CSSH Dean’s Scholarships, Excellence Awards, and DoubleHusky Scholarships may be awarded to qualified full-time M.A. applicants. These scholarships offer aid toward tuition but are not accompanied by a stipend. If you are interested in a scholarship, please check the appropriate box on the online admission application. More information is available at https://cssh.northeastern.edu/graduate/financial_aid/.

Financial Aid

Need-Based Financial Aid

The Northeastern University Student Financial Service Office can determine your eligibility for a variety of Federal Loans and Federal Work-Study if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. To be considered for any of these awards, you must apply for financial aid. Visit the Student Financial Service Office’s website at http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/aid/graduate/ for the application and more information. Students who are applying for financial assistance are encouraged to complete financial aid applications at the same time as they apply for admission or by the priority date of March 1. (Although you may apply for financial aid at any time throughout the year, to receive priority consideration you must be accepted to your program and have your financial aid forms in by March 1.)


Information about tuition and fees are available on the Student Financial Services website. They are subject to revision by the University’s President and the Board of Trustees. If you are a U.S. resident and require further financial aid information, please contact the Student Financial Service Office.

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