Financial Aid

All domestic applicants should submit the Emerson College Graduate Financial Assistance Application (for federal student loans and work study only) with their application acknowledgment letter from the Office of Graduate Admission. This form, along with other supplementary documentation, is used in conjunction with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your amount of need-based aid.

Please be aware of the priority deadlines for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the additional documentation required by Emerson College. More information about Financial Aid

Since students with DACA status and students who are undocumented do not qualify for federal financial aid, we advise that these students do not complete the FAFSA. DACA and undocumented students are eligible for fellowships and scholarships.


Emerson College awards fellowships to applicants who are exceptionally well-qualified for graduate study based upon their comprehensive academic credentials, including professional promise and past academic excellence. We offer four different types of fellowships: Graduate Dean's Fellowship, Half Tuition Fellowship, Presidential Fellowship, and Full Tuition Fellowship. We offer an additional fellowship to students in the Public Relations program: The Cecil and Helen Rose Ethics in Communication Scholarship.

Each program’s faculty review committee selects the recipients, and awards range from $10,000 to full tuition depending on the program. No fellowship will be awarded for a value that is higher than the cost of tuition.

All applicants who complete their admission application by the deadline will be automatically reviewed for consideration. There is no additional paperwork to fill out.

Transformational Leaders Graduate Fellowship

A select number of students accepted into the Transformational Leaders Graduate Fellowship are awarded a financial scholarship and stipend and participate in leadership development training and mentoring. The Fellowship is designed for first-year graduate students who are rising leaders looking to bring equity, diversity, and inclusion to the arts and communication fields.

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The Office of Graduate Admission awards numerous Emerson Community Scholarships each year to new student applicants. All applicants are automatically qualified for a scholarship upon applying regardless of deadline. There is no additional paperwork to fill out. No scholarship will be awarded for a value that is higher than the cost of tuition. Students are notified if they are awarded a scholarship when admitted to Emerson.

Emerson Alumni Encore Scholarship

The Encore Scholarship demonstrates Emerson’s commitment to helping our undergraduate and graduate alumni stay competitive in the job market. Qualified alumni of Emerson College are eligible for a 25 percent tuition reduction for full- or part-time study in one of the participating programs.

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