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Financial Aid and Awards

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fee rates are available on the Student Financial Services website. They are subject to revision by the University’s President and the Board of Trustees.

To help students with their educational expenses, Northeastern administers two forms of graduate financial assistance:

  1. Assistantships and scholarships are awarded to full-time degree candidates through the Graduate Office, at the recommendation of its departments.
  2. The Graduate Student Financial Services Office oversees federal financial aid and alternative educational loan programs.

Assistantships and Scholarships

Assistantships for Doctoral Degree Students

All admitted PhDs are awarded Stipended Graduate Assistantships (SGA). These awards offer a stipend, tuition remission and NUSHP health plan to full-time students. Student fees, including the University Health and Counseling Services fee, are not covered by the assistantship. In order to maintain awards, students must be making satisfactory progress toward their degrees. More details about assistantships are included in the admissions offer letters.

Stipended Graduate Assistantship Training

The Ph.D. Network provides a mandatory orientation each fall term for new doctoral students. This normally falls on the Tuesday before fall classes begin. Individual programs may offer additional training and workshops.

SGA Pay Schedule

Stipended Graduate Assistants are paid the 15th and the last day of each month. If either of these days falls on a weekend day, the payday is the Friday prior.

Scholarships for Master’s Degree Students

All applicants admitted to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) Masters programs are considered for scholarships. All scholarships are offered for the duration of the program and can substantially reduce the cost of the degree.

Types of Scholarships Offered

Tuition Discounts

Full Circle Scholarship
The Full Circle Scholarship offers a 25% tuition discount to graduate students who embody Northeastern University’s values of experiential and global learning. Eligible programs include Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies, Master of Science in Urban Informatics and Graduate Certificate programs in Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy and Social Change, Security and Resilience Studies and Urban Analytics.

Double Husky
The Double Husky Scholarship program provides all alumni with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Northeastern a tuition discount of up to 25% when they enroll in an eligible master’s degree program.

Lifetime Learning Membership
Parents and siblings of currently enrolled full-time, undergraduate day students receive a 25% discount.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to nine graduate student scholarships each year, covering full tuition and fees (insurance is not included) for the student’s graduate program. The Program is administered by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute.

Military Benefits

In honor and recognition of military service, Northeastern University commits to supporting educational and career aspirations with dedicated resources, unique and powerful experiential learning opportunities, and funding that bridges the gaps in military benefits. Learn more.


Information about various fellowships and deadlines can be found on Northeastern University’s Office of Fellowships website (click on Fellowship Database tab). This office assists students with finding and applying to prestigious fellowships.

Outside Scholarships

Information about outside scholarships and deadlines can be found on Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services website.

Financial Assistance

Student Financial Services oversees federal financial aid and alternative educational loan programs. Eligibility to receive federal financial aid requires that graduate students complete the FAFSA application and enroll in at least 6 semester hours (half-time).  Full-time students in masters programs who need to utilize Federal Financial Aid should plan their curriculum accordingly, in consultation with their financial aid counselors.

Refund Policy

Northeastern University’s Office of Student Financial Services posts a refund schedule on their website. Please contact Student Financial Services at 617.373.5899 or at gradsfs@northeastern.edu with any questions about this policy.