Financial Aid

Regular New Student Applicant


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.

For Transfer Student Information, please go to the Transfer Applicant page »

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: Regular Decision

Financial Aid Deadlines:

CSS Profile

Required for institutional need-based aid


Required for federal need-based aid

Non-Custodial Form

(if applicable)

Supplemental Documents

Only if instructed to complete
by the Office of Financial Aid:
IRS Tax Transcripts, W2s,
Verification Worksheet, etc.


March 1, 2016 March 1, 2016 March 15, 2016 May 2, 2016

Federal need-based aid requires the FAFSA only (unless selected for verification).

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form
    You may submit this form to the Federal Processing Center beginning January 1. It must be received and processed by the Federal Processor before the deadline of March 1, 2016. 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.

  1. 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 March 1, 2016 to be considered for institutional need-based funds.
  2. Additional documentation if applicable (click here for dates & deadlines):

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:

Emerson College
Databank Financial Aid Processing Center
PO Box 878
Randolph, MA 02368-0880

Please do not fax or email documents.