Incoming Undergraduate Students

Suffolk University is pleased to offer both merit and need based financial aid to incoming students.

Apply for Aid

Merit based scholarships are awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the application for admission. No separate application is required for merit scholarship consideration. International students, while not eligible for federal/state financial aid, will be considered for merit scholarships at the time of admission. 

To apply for need based financial aid at Suffolk University, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only form required for initial financial aid consideration. Deadlines are critical! Please check for the financial aid deadline that applies to you.

The Federal Code for Suffolk University is 002218.

It is important that you meet the above deadlines. The FAFSA can be submitted prior to your tax returns being filed with the IRS. Also, you should complete your FAFSA prior to these deadlines even if you have not been informed of your acceptance to Suffolk University. 

The 2019-2020 FAFSA application will become available to students and their families on October 1, 2018. This will allow students additional time to complete the FAFSA. While Suffolk University will keep its preferred financial aid application deadlines in place, students who have been admitted to Suffolk may now apply and receive their aid package earlier.

Students and families will provide income information from calendar year 2017. 

Important Note for New Students

If you chose to omit your Social Security Number from your Admissions Application, please be aware that action could delay the processing of your financial aid file. In order for our office to identify you as an applicant we must match your financial aid record to your admissions record. Without the Social Security number on your admissions application, the matching process will take longer, as it will be a manual process. If you choose, you may contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission and ask them to add your Social Security number to your admissions record.

Your Financial Aid Counselor

Each financial aid applicant is assigned a specific counselor with the Aid Office. Applicants are assigned to an administrator based on the first letter of the applicant’s last name. 

Get Financial Aid Information

All financial aid applicants are assigned a dedicated counselor with the Aid Office based on the first letter of your last name. Find your counselor contact information below.

Undergraduate Students - Last Name Beginning With:

For questions or to schedule an appointment with your counselor, please call us at 617-573-8470.

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00:00 If you need help paying for college or career school,

00:03 the office of Federal Student Aid might be your best option.

00:07 We offer more than $150 billion to students each year

00:11 in the form of grants, loans, and work-study funds.

00:14 And federal student aid can be used to pay for school expenses

00:18 such as tuition, room and board, and books and supplies.

00:22 After you've filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA,

00:26 you'll receive an award letter from each school you list on your FAFSA.

00:30 This letter explains both the federal and non-federal

00:32 financial aid options that a school is offering you.

00:35 So let's talk about federal aid.

00:37 If you qualify for and receive a federal grant, you won't have to repay the money.

00:41 That will definitely help offset the cost of school, but you may still need additional help.

00:47 If so, a federal student loan might be your answer.

00:50 Remember, a student loan is just like any other loan;

00:53 it's borrowed money that will have to be repaid with interest.

00:56 If you plan to take out a loan, consider federal student loans first.

01:01 Compared to private student loans, federal student loans often have lower fixed interest rates

01:05 and offer many benefits that you won't find otherwise.

01:09 For example, when it's time for you to repay your federal student loan,

01:12 your loan servicer can work with you to find the best repayment plan for your individual needs.

01:18 Plus, you may be able to adjust your loan payments based on your income.

01:22 You also may be able to defer your federal loan payments, deduct student loan interest on your taxes,

01:28 and even consolidate your eligible federal student loans into one loan with one monthly payment.

01:34 Federal loans can even be forgiven based on certain types of employment.

01:39 Getting a work-study job is another great option to help pay for school.

01:42 Eligible undergraduate and graduate students will be able to earn at least minimum wage.

01:47 If you have questions or need any assistance, you can contact the financial aid office at your

01:52 college or career school or visit studentaid.gov for more information.