Eligibility

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 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.

Transfer Applicants

Financial Aid Deadlines

Application Spring 2021 Applicants Fall 2021 Transfer Applicants Spring 2022 Applicants
CSS Profile
(Required for institutional need-based aid)
November 16, 2020 April 5, 2021 November 12, 2021
FAFSA
(Required for federal need-based aid)
November 16, 2020 April 5, 2021 November 12, 2021
Non-Custodial Parent Statement November 30, 2020 April 19, 2021 November 26, 2021
Supplemental Documents* December 4, 2020 May 3, 2021 December 6, 2021

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

Federal Need-Based Aid

Requires the FAFSA only (unless selected for verification). If you would like to be considered for institutional need-based aid as well, please complete the CSS Profile in addition to any other documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form
You may submit this form to the Federal Processing Center beginning October 1. For students applying for the Fall 2021 term, it must be received and processed by the Federal Processor before the deadline of April 5, 2021. For students applying for the Spring 2022 term, it must be received and processed by the Federal Processor before the deadline of November 12, 2021. Our FAFSA school code is 002146.

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. For students applying for the Fall 2021 term, this application must be received and processed before the deadline of April 5, 2021 to be considered for institutional need-based funds. For students applying for the Spring 2022 term, this application must be received and processed before the deadline of November 12, 2021 to be considered for institutional need-based funds.

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) 2019 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W2's.
  • Signed copies of student's 2019 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.