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Financial Aid and Awards

Graduate Tuition, Fees, and Funding

Financial Aid

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.

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

  1. Fellowships and assistantships are awarded to full-time degree candidates through the Graduate Office, at the recommendation of its departments. There is no separate application for assistantships. Students can indicate interest in an assistantship via the “Financial Assistance” section in the online admission application. Please note that your tuition scholarship can take up to 8 weeks to process. Please pay any fees not covered by your award by the due date to avoid a Hold or Late Fee.
  2. The Graduate Student Financial Services Office oversees federal financial aid and alternative educational loan programs.

Assistantships for Doctoral Degree Students

Stipended Graduate Assistantship Training
A mandatory university-wide teaching assistantship workshop is held prior to each fall term for new Stipended Graduate Assistants (SGAs). All international SGAs must attend a mandatory International SGA Orientation as well. Returning SGA students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Teaching and Research Assistant 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) Master’s 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:

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.


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  Graduate Financial Aid website.

Military Benefits

We are committed to ensure success in each and every one of our students, especially those who have served and fought for our country. In honor and recognition of your service, Northeastern University commits to supporting your educational and career aspirations with dedicated resources, unique and powerful experiential learning opportunities, and funding that bridges the gaps in your military benefits.

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.


Questions about assistantships and scholarships may be directed to the Associate Director of Student Services Louis DaRos in the Graduate Office, 180 Renaissance Park.

Please pay any fees not covered by your award by the due date to avoid a Hold or Late Fee.

Eligibility to receive Federal Financial Aid requires that graduate students be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours (half-time).  Therefore, full-time students in masters programs who need to utilize Federal Financial Aid should plan their curriculum accordingly.