Need-based financial aid is awarded on the basis of the financial need of the student. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) as well as additional supplemental documents are used to determine your federal, state, and institutional need-based aid eligibility. Learn how to apply for aid.


The Office of Undergraduate Admission awards a variety of merit and achievement awards each year to new student applicants. Decisions are at the sole discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Applicants are notified of their scholarships when admitted to the College.

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are awarded from various organizations, private agencies, foundations, community-based organizations, and civic groups to help worthy students meet the cost of attending college. View a list of private scholarships.

State Scholarship & Grant Programs

The following states allow their scholarships and grants to be used at Emerson:

Student residents of these states should apply to their state scholarship and grant program. Please contact your individual state program for application procedures and filing deadlines.


Students who complete their financial aid applications may be eligible and considered for the following grants:

Emerson Grants

These grants are awarded to full-time students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.

Federal Pell Grant

Students must complete the FAFSA to apply for Federal Pell Grant consideration, a federal source of assistance available to students who demonstrate financial need. For the 2020–2021 academic year, Federal Pell Grant awards ranged from $639 to $6,345.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG awards, a federal source of assistance granted to students with the greatest demonstrated financial need, range from $100 to $4,000 per academic year.

Gilbert Grants

These awards are given to Massachusetts residents enrolled full-time who demonstrate need.