Early Action Applicants
Please understand that the tentative award for Early Action applicants is estimated and not final. It may change when additional requirements are received and data is verified. When the financial aid application is complete and verified, an official award letter will be available online.
Emerson offers several need-based and merit-based financial aid programs. To be considered for merit-based aid, you should have a distinguished academic record, or demonstrate leadership or outstanding potential either in your school or community. To apply for need-based aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident and you must follow the application steps below.
View our Eligibility Requirements section for further information. Financial aid funding is based on several factors including, but not limited to: meeting financial aid deadlines; demonstrated financial need; enrollment status; living arrangements; and satisfactory academic progress. Students who live off-campus may see a change in institutional award eligibility as a result of moving off-campus. If interested in remaining on campus due to financial need, please submit a housing appeal.
How to Apply for Aid: Early Action
Financial Aid Deadlines:
Federal need-based aid requires the FAFSA only (unless selected for verification).
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form
You may submit this form to the Federal Processing Center beginning October 1st. It must be received and processed by the Federal Processor before the early action deadline of November 15th. Our FAFSA school code is 002146.
Institutional need-based aid requires the CSS Profile, in addition to any other documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
- CSS PROFILE Application
You may complete this application beginning now. Collegeboard (CSS) will transmit the data to Emerson College as long as you pay the appropriate fees. Our CSS PROFILE school code is 3367. This application must be received and processed before the early action deadline of November 15, 2016 to be considered for institutional need-based funds.
- Additional documentation if applicable (click here for specific dates & deadlines):
- If your parents are divorced or separated:
The noncustodial parent needs to fill out the Noncustodial Parent's Statement. Emerson College does not participate in the Noncustodial PROFILE offered by the College Board. This application must be received by November 30th for consideration of institutional need-based funds.
If you receive an initial tentative award, you may be required to submit the remaining documents to complete your file and verify your aid offer. Additional documents may include:
- Signed copies of your parent(s) 2015 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W2's.
- Signed copies of student's 2015 federal tax returns, including all schedules.
- Any additional documentation requested by the Office of Financial Aid
Document Submission: Financial aid application materials must be mailed to:
Databank Financial Aid Processing Center
PO Box 878
Randolph, MA 02368-0880
Please do not fax or email documents.