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 Applicants page.
View our Eligibility Requirements 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.
Regular Decision Applicants
Financial Aid Deadlines
|February 1, 2021||CSS Profile - Required for institutional need-based aid|
|February 1, 2021||FAFSA - Required for federal need-based aid|
|February 15, 2021||Noncustodial Parent Statement (if applicable)|
|April 2, 2021||Supplemental Documents*|
*Only if instructed to complete by the Office of Financial Aid: IRS Tax Transcripts, W2s, Verification Worksheet, etc.
- Signed copies of your parent(s) 2019 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W2's.
- Signed copies of student's 2019 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)
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) 2018 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W2's.
- Signed copies of student's 2018 federal tax returns, including all schedules.
- Any additional documentation requested by the Office of Financial Aid
Financial aid application materials must be uploaded via the uploader tool on the admission portal OR mailed to:
Office of Financial Aid,
120 Boylston Street,
Boston, MA 02116
Please do not fax or email documents.