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Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid

Most graduate engineering programs are composed of 30 or 32 semester hours of coursework (at the MS level), and tuition cost is based on per semester-hour. Complete information on current tuition rates and fees for dissertation, Masters or Doctoral continution, student center, medical insurance, parking, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses can be found on the Student Financial Services website. In addition, international students may reference to the Declaration of Certification of Finances (DCF) form to see an estimate of expenses. This estimate includes tuition, fees, room and board, medical insurance, and miscellaneous expenses.

Prospective Graduate Engineering Students:

As you apply for admission to Northeastern University for graduate school, you may be considering how to fund your graduate education. Northeastern's Office of Student Financial Services is ready to help you through the process. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.

The following links may also be helpful to you as you work your way through the financial aid process:

FAFSA; Financial Aid Application Deadline; Financial Aid for International Students; International Student Loan Program; Required Forms and Filing Deadlines

Please Note: Per federal guidelines, domestic students must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours per term to be eligible for federal financial aid, unless you are enrolled in a full-time standalone course.


Graduate Assistantship Policies; Types of Assistantships; Payroll and Tuition Waiver Information for Students on a Stipended Graduate Assistantship

Tuition Payment and Information:

The Graduate Student Financial Services Office is located in 356 Richards Hall and their phone is 617.373.3190.

Financial Assistance

Northeastern University offers graduate students a variety of means of financial assistance. In addition to various types of assistantships awarded on merit by individual graduate schools and administrative offices, Student Financial Services administers several forms of financial aid.

Student Financial Services administers financial aid programs for graduate students, primarily in the form of loans, including Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work Study, and Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. The financial aid application process can be rigorous and is strictly regulated.

Funding Opportunities

The Graduate School of Engineering offers full-time graduate students various types of highly competitive funding awards based on merit, as well as prestigious fellowships.

Stipended Graduate Assistantships (SGAs):

SGAs are typically awarded to PhD students... Awardees are offered a stipend, health insurance waiver, and tuition remission for approved course work. In exchange, students must work twenty hours per week for the applicable semesters. Stipends are considered taxable income.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are awarded to students who have a strong academic background and demonstrate an interest and proficiency in research. These appointments are typically funded by research grants made to faculty members by industry or governmental agencies. The continuation of any GRA is contingent upon funding availability.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are awarded by academic departments and are available to students with proficiency in teaching. These positions generally require the performance of teaching-related duties such as grading, conducting recitations and laboratories, and occasionally teaching undergraduate classes. GTAs are required to attend various training sessions and workshops sponsored by the College of Engineering and the University. In addition, GTAs who speak English as a second language must attend training sessions sponsored by Global Student Services.

SGA’s are typically awarded upon acceptance to a degree program. Continuing students interested in a GRA or GTA should discuss their interest with their academic advisor.

Dean’s Scholarships are awarded competitively to a limited number of well-qualified MS-level students. The scholarship provides a considerable tuition waiver.

Double Husky Scholarships are awarded to alumni with a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University enrolled in a full-time Master’s Degree program. The scholarship provides a 25% tuition waiver.

Note: All assistantship and fellowship appointments are considered a financial resource and may impact a student’s financial aid (if applicable) award as determined by Student Financial Services.


Dean’s Fellowship and Distinguished Dean’s Fellowships are prestigious awards offered upon admission to PhD students who demonstrate exceptional academic promise. Awardees are offered a stipend, health insurance waiver, tuition remission for approved course work, and teacher training. In exchange, students must work twenty hours per week for the applicable semesters. Stipends are considered taxable income.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowships are offered annually to a limited number of African-American students in full-time graduate programs as long as the student demonstrates satisfactory academic progress and financial need as determined by Student Financial Services. Applicants must complete the financial aid process, as well as an application available from the African-American Institute.

The Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Grant Program supports the scholarly research of graduate students at Northeastern University. The grant program is a joint initiative through the Office of the Provost for Research and Graduate Education and the Graduate Student Government. It is designed to help full-time graduate students meet the costs associated with completing their thesis or dissertation research, to improve the quality and impact of their research, and/or to support research endeavors intellectually independent of the adviser.

Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellowships provide a one-semester stipend to outstanding Ph.D. candidates who would benefit from the financial security and the freedom to focus on their final semester writing. The award is one semester of support and the awardees are expected to be graduated at the end of the semester in which they hold the DCF.

The University's Graduation Education site provides a Fellowship Database and access to IRIS/GrantForward.


L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program
Deadline: February 2, 2018
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships.

NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships
Internships Deadline: varies
The One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) implemented by NASA seeks out students for Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships. OSSI is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Complete your base application and apply for up to 15 different internship opportunities with a single application. Check out the video for tips on applying.

Pathways to Science
Deadline(s): vary
Pathways to Science provides a listing of funding opportunities and resources for both graduate and post-doc students. Search for opportunities by programs, institution and disciplinary categories, or by geography!