We are committed to making an Emerson education as accessible as possible for our students. Through scholarships; federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs; and payment plan options, we strive to help families manage the cost of an Emerson education. All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship eligibility at the time of applying for admission. Merit scholarships are awarded to first-year and transfer applicants based on factors such as academic achievements, leadership, and match with Emerson.

To apply for need-based aid, students must be U.S. citizens (or U.S. permanent residents) and file both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE form. For deadlines and more information, visit


First-year applicants for fall admission are invited to apply to the Honors Program. The Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that integrates a challenging liberal arts curriculum with specialized study in the student’s chosen field. Additionally, those invited to the Honors Program receive our top merit scholarship, the Trustees Scholarship. Visit for more information.