Financial Aid

Once you’ve submitted a financial aid application and been admitted to Boston University, the Financial Assistance office will calculate your financial eligibility. If you are eligible for need-based aid based on these calculations, we’ll develop a customized package for you. It may include University grants as well as a combination of funds from federal and state grants, federally subsidized and unsubsidized loans, and on-campus student employment.

While we make every effort to help students in need, we do not have sufficient funds to assist all eligible applicants. Students with the strongest academic records receive priority consideration for available funds. Still, we encourage all applicants to file both the CSS PROFILE and FAFSA.

For details about how to apply for financial aid, the types of awards that make up our financial aid packages and the criteria for eligibility, please visit the Financial Assistance website.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Semester and Class CSS PROFILE and FAFSA Deadline
January Freshmen* November 1
September Freshmen January 2
Early Decision November 1
Early Decision 2 January 2
January Transfers* November 1
September Transfers March 1

*In addition to FAFSA & CSS PROFILE, applicants for January admission must provide income verification documentation by November 1.

The BU Scholarship Assurance

To assist you in planning for the cost of your BU degree, the aid offered in your first year is guaranteed for each of your undergraduate years. Eligibility for BU need-based scholarship aid is established in your first year when you file the CSS PROFILE and the FAFSA. Learn more on the Financial Assistance website.

Loan and Payment Programs

In addition to University-sponsored merit awards and need-based grants, BU offers a tuition payment plan. Students and parents also have the option of paying all or some of their education expenses with credit-based private loans. For more information, please see loan and financing options on the Financial Assistance website.

Note to International Students:

Need-based financial aid from Boston University is not currently available to international students. For general information about financial assistance, please request the booklet “Financial Planning for Study in the United States” from the U.S. Information Agency or a binational advising center in your home country.

International students may be eligible for select merit scholarships offered by Boston University.