About three-fourths of our families receive some form of assistance. We encourage you to apply for financial aid in an effort to consider the affordability of an Emerson College education. Many resources are available, including scholarships, grants, employment, and student loans. The average award—usually a combination of institutional aid, part-time employment, and low-interest loans—is approximately $17,000. 

Financial Aid

Our financial aid staff is a dedicated group of professionals who are interested in assisting families through the process of applying for aid. From developing clear, easy-to-follow guidelines for applying for aid, to helping families understand the true cost of college, to coaching on how to budget, to enhancing student’s financial literacy—the staff is an important resource for our students and their families.

Financial assistance goes beyond the packages offered to families—it is developing a partnership of guidance and support that will last for your entire time at Emerson College.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Many students ask us about the availability of scholarships at Emerson College. Good scholarship is a combination of excellence, hard work, and strong values. We believe that in order to build a community of high achievers, we must recognize those who have already found great success.

Although we have institutional grant money set aside to assist students who may have financial need, our merit scholarships are awarded to students based on a variety of non-need factors such as academic achievements, leadership, engagement in their area of interest, and match to Emerson.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission awards all merit scholarships in partnership with various scholarship committees.

Scholarship Opportunities for First-Year Applicants 

Trustees Scholarship

This prestigious scholarship is given to applicants accepted into the Honors Program. Students are required to enroll full-time and maintain a 3.3 GPA (3.0 GPA in the Honors curriculum). It is renewable for up to eight semesters. The amount of the Trustee Scholarship is $26,000 annually. 

A separate Honors Program essay must be submitted with your admission application in order to be considered for this scholarship.

Luminary Scholarship

This scholarship is given to incoming students at the top of Emerson’s applicant pool who have demonstrated academic distinction within their school communities as well as qualities such as leadership, ability to manage adversity, and other factors important to success as an Emerson student. The amount of the Luminary Scholarship is $18,000 annually. 

Students are required to enroll full-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The award is renewable for up to eight semesters. No additional essay or application is required to be considered for this scholarship.

Spotlight Scholarship

This scholarship is given to incoming students who have demonstrated academic success within their school communities as well as qualities such as leadership, community engagement and other factors important to success as an Emerson student. The amount of the Spotlight Scholarship is $6,000 annually.

Students are required to enroll full-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The award is renewable for up to eight semesters. No additional essay or application is required to be considered for this scholarship.

Scholarship Opportunities for Transfer Applicants 

Students who complete their applications by the March 15 priority deadline will receive admission decisions on a rolling basis beginning in early April. Students who would like to be considered for any of the transfer scholarships must have a complete transfer application by the March 15 priority deadline.

Miami Dade College Scholarship

This scholarship, for students transferring from Miami Dade College to Emerson, is a full-tuition award that goes toward the cost of full-time attendance. 

The Miami Dade College Scholarship is limited to fall term enrollment and students must have a complete transfer application by March 15. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must earn an associate’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 from Miami Dade College by the time they matriculate at Emerson. Students who meet these qualifications will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

Scholarship recipients must:

  • enroll full-time at Emerson;
  • complete their degree in five or fewer semesters; and
  • maintain a 3.0 GPA once matriculated at Emerson.

Next Step Emerson Scholarship 

For students who entered the College in 2018, the amount of the Next Step Emerson Scholarship is $25,000 annually. Students must plan to earn an associate’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 from one of the participating community colleges listed below by the time they matriculate at Emerson. This scholarship is limited to fall term enrollment and students must have a complete transfer application by March 15. Students who meet these qualifications will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

Eligible students must plan to enroll full-time at Emerson College and complete their degree in five or fewer semesters. While enrolled at Emerson, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to continue to receive this scholarship.

Students who plan to graduate from one of the following Next Step Emerson partner schools prior to the start of fall semester are eligible for consideration:

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY)
  • Bristol Community College (MA)
  • Broward College (FL)
  • Bunker Hill Community College (MA)
  • Community College of Rhode Island (RI)
  • College of the Canyons (CA)
  • Greenfield Community College (MA)
  • Holyoke Community College (MA)
  • Massasoit Community College (MA)
  • MassBay Community College (MA)
  • Miami Dade College (FL)
  • Middlesex CC (MA)
  • Montgomery College (MD)
  • Mount Wachusett CC (MA)
  • Nashua CC (NH)
  • Nassau Community College (NY)
  • North Shore CC (MA)
  • Onondaga Community College (NY)
  • Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)
  • Roxbury Community College (MA)
  • Santa Monica College (CA)

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Emerson offers a Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship for eligible students. To be automatically considered, for this $8,000 award, students must earn an associate’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 from an accredited community college and be an official member in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa. The PTK scholarship is limited to fall term enrollment and students must have a complete transfer application by March 15.

Eligible students for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship must plan to enroll full time at Emerson College and complete their degree in five or fewer semesters. While enrolled at Emerson, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to continue to receive this scholarship. 

The Gateway Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is available for students transferring from a public or private four-year college/university. The Gateway Scholarship is a $10,000 annual award that goes toward the cost of full-time attendance. This scholarship is limited to fall term enrollment and students must have a complete transfer application by March 15.

Eligible transfer students must have 30+ transferrable credits from previous college/university coursework. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA or higher and plan to enroll full time at Emerson. Students who meet these qualifications will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

Scholarship recipients must complete their degree in six or fewer semesters and a 3.0 GPA in Emerson coursework must be maintained.

Other Merit Scholarships

There are a variety of other scholarships available through the Office of Undergraduate Admission that can vary year to year. If you qualify for any of these merit scholarships, the admission committee will nominate you. As with most of our merit awards, there is not an application process for these additional scholarships.