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.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Deadline Application
November 15, 2021 CSS Profile - Required for institutional need-based aid
November 15, 2021 FAFSA - Required for federal need-based aid
December 3, 2021 Noncustodial Parent Statement (if applicable)
March 4, 2022 Supplemental Documents*

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

Additional Details

  • Signed copies of your parent(s) 2020 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W2's.
  • Signed copies of student's 2020 federal tax returns, including all schedules.

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 noted deadline. 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 above deadline to be considered for institutional need-based funds.

Additional documentation if applicable (view specific dates & deadlines)

Additional Details

If your parents are divorced or separated:

The noncustodial parent needs to fill out the Noncustodial Parent Statement. Emerson College does not participate in the Noncustodial Profile offered by the College Board. This application must be received by above the deadline for consideration of institutional need-based funds. To waive the statement, read our Noncustodial Parent Statement & Waivers FAQ.

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) 2020 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W2's.
  • Signed copies of student's 2020 federal tax returns, including all schedules.
  • Any additional documentation requested by the Office of Financial Aid

Document Submission

Financial aid application materials must be uploaded via the uploader tool on the admission portal OR mailed to:

Emerson College
Office of Financial Aid,
120 Boylston Street,
Boston, MA 02116

Please do not fax or email documents.