Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Services is available to assist students in Graduate & Professional Programs who would like to explore financial aid options including grants, scholarships and loans from federal, state and private organizations.

Please review the tabs below for information about the different types of scholarships and financial aid that may be available, and see the menu at right for further resources.

Scholarships Based on Student Affiliation

If you are employed by or affiliated with one of the College's partner organizations, you may qualify for a partial tuition scholarship.

For current Graduate & Professional Program tuition rates, please click here

Affiliation Scholarship Value
Emmanuel College Alumni 10% of tuition
American Nurses Association (ANA) members 10% of tuition
Massachusetts Nursing Association (MNA) members 10% of tuition
Nurses working in a Catholic hospital 25% of tuition
Teachers/Principals working in the Boston Public Schools 30% of tuition
Teachers/Principals working in a Catholic School 40% of tuition
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 50% of tuition
Clergy of any religious order 20% of tuition
New England Human Resource Association (NEHRA) members 10% of tuition
City Year Corps, Staff, and Alumni 10% of tuition
Blue Cross Blue Shield employees 15% of tuition

Students must submit supporting documentation for their scholarship to the Office of Student Financial Services within the first two weeks of their first course. For employer-based scholarships, students should confirm eligibility with their manager or human resources department and provide a letter from the student's supervisor or human resource office, on company letterhead, stating the student is a current employee of the organization. For continued eligibility, students are required to annually submit proof of employment to the Office of Student Financial Services prior to the start of the summer term. 

Emmanuel College Endowed and Restricted Scholarships

Emmanuel College Endowed and Restricted Scholarships are funded through the generosity of alumni and friends of the College.

  • The Katherine McNeil Scholarship provides financial assistance to students completing undergraduate degrees in the RN to BSN program who have demonstrated financial need and are not receiving tuition assistance from an employer.  
  • The Sister Clare Francis, SND Scholarship provides financial assistance to nursing students employed by the Archdiocese of Boston and its affiliate organizations. 
  • The Nola Della-Monica Scholarship provides financial assistance to nursing students based upon outstanding merit.  

For additional information on Emmanuel College Scholarships, please contact Renee Parris at parrisr@emmanuel.edu or at 617-735-9867.

To apply for federal and state financial aid, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and an Emmanuel College Application for Financial Aid are both required. For more information on applying for financial aid, please visit this page

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Eligible graduate students may receive a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan of up to $20,500 per academic year, but this amount cannot exceed their cost of attendance minus any other other financial aid. This loan carries a fixed interest rate. Borrowers may choose to defer the interest payments while in school and during their six-month grace period, but the interest will be capitalized.

Graduate PLUS Loan

An additional federal loan for graduate students who are ineligible for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, or who have a remaining balance after their financial award. This loan  is available to graduate students without an adverse credit history (the absence of any credit history is not viewed as adverse credit). This loan carries a fixed interest rate. Borrowers may choose to defer the interest payments while in school and during their six-month grace period, but the interest will be capitalized. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services for more information on applying for this loan.

Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is gift aid awarded to students in exchange for an agreement to serve as a teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school thaat serves low-income students. More information is available here.

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid

Federal Direct Loans

Direct Subsidized Loan

Undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need are eligible for the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. The loan carries a fixed interest rate, which the federal government pays while the student borrower is enrolled at least half time. Loan amounts are included on the table below.

Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate financial need are eligible for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. This loan carries a fixed interest rate. Borrowers may choose to defer the interest payments while in school and during their six-month grace period, but the interest will be capitalized.

Maximum Federal Direct Loan Amounts Per Academic Year: 

Grade Level Dependent Student   Independent Student
Freshman (0-31 Credits) $5,500 $9,500
Sophomore (32-63 Credits) $6,500 $10,500
Junior/Senior (64+ Credits) $7,500 $12,500

Federal Pell Grant

Gift aid from the federal government to undergraduate students with significant financial need.

MA State Grant

Gift aid from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to full-time undergraduate students with significant financial need who are also Massachusetts residents. Awards are estimated until the College receives notification from the state's scholarship office.

Once all required financial aid applications materials have been received, students will be notified at their Emmanuel email address when their Financial Aid Offer is available to view on EC Online Services. The financial aid shown will reflect their eligibility for financial aid at Emmanuel College during the academic year for which they applied, based upon the anticipated enrollment levels for each term that they indicated on their Emmanuel College Financial Aid Application. Award amounts are subject to change if the student later enrolls in a different number of courses than they indicated on their Financial Aid Application.

Serving Those Who Have Served  

Emmanuel College proudly welcomes those who have served our country. We participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program to help make affording an online college education easier for U.S. military veterans.  

Post-9/11 GI Bill®   

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® gives U.S. military veterans up to 36 months of education benefits. To be eligible, you—or a parent, if they have transferred their benefits to you—must have served at least 90 days of active duty after September 10, 2001. If you are eligible for the program, Emmanuel College will receive tuition payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for each semester in which you are enrolled. The amount of this payment depends on the length of aggregate active duty service and the VA’s maximum tuition benefit amount.  

How Does the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Work?  

RN - BSN Undergraduate Program  

Full Tuition per Academic Year (32 credits)  

$11,200.00  

VA Maximum Tuition Benefit per Academic Year  

$26,381.37*  

Remaining Tuition Balance  

$0  

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program  

Full Tuition per Academic Year (18 credits)  

$15,486.00  

VA Maximum Tuition Benefit per Academic Year  

$26,381.37*  

Remaining Tuition Balance  

$0  

Master of Education and Master of Busisness Administration Programs

Full Tuition per Academic Year (18 credits)  

$13,152.00  

VA Maximum Tuition Benefit per Academic Year  

$26,381.37*  

Remaining Tuition Balance  

$0  

*VA maximum tuition benefit for the 2022–2023 academic year. This amount changes annually.  

Yellow Ribbon Program  

If your tuition costs exceed the VA’s maximum tuition benefit amount for the academic year, then the Yellow Ribbon Program can make your online education more affordable. Part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, the Yellow Ribbon Program is available to eligible U.S. military veterans and their dependents. If you have 100% Chapter 33 eligibility for the academic year, your tuition costs for the fall and spring semesters will be covered in full under this program. Funding for this benefit comes from both the VA and Emmanuel College.  

Other Military Benefits Resources  

Below are additional resources related to education benefits for U.S. military service members and veterans: 

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