Financing Your Graduate Education
At the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, we value the knowledge, skills, and relevant contributions our MA and MS students continue to bring to our academic programs, research opportunities, and overall community during their time here. The financial aid office in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) is here as a resource and strives to provide you with all of the information you need, so that you can explore your options and make an educated decision about the best way to finance your education.
Various forms of financial aid are available to support your studies at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS). In addition to loans (federal and credit-based) and external funding opportunities that are available, we offer a range of School and department-based aid in the form of fellowships, scholarships, and research assistantships.
Financial Aid may not exceed your total Cost of Attendance. When estimating the total cost of attendance at GRS, you will need to consider BU medical insurance and living expenses such as housing, transportation, etc.
GRS Financial Aid Policies
The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for all GRS students eligible for financial aid is as follows:
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
- Our policy is that financial aid awarded by Boston University may be used only for courses required by the degree program. It may be used for courses taken as co-requisites or prerequisites by special permission from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS). It may not be used for the Sports Pass, subway/bus passes, library fines or late fees. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences financial aid does not cover the cost of audited courses for Master’s students.
- Boston University’s policy is to withhold all diplomas, degrees, official transcripts, and other official recognition of work done at the University from students with respect to whom there are any outstanding overdue debts to the University, including, but not limited to amounts owed in satisfaction of tuition, loan agreements, fees, and charges, as well as monies owed for occupancy in University-owned or -operated residences and for dining service. No student may withdraw from the University in good standing or graduate from the University unless all current obligations to the University are paid in full.
- The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences follows a uniform refund policy for all institutional aid. A Master’s student who receives scholarship aid and withdraws or takes a leave of absence after the beginning of classes will have the institutional aid canceled. This includes but is not limited to Teaching Fellowships, Research Assistantships, and Graduate Scholarships. Federal financial aid is adjusted in accordance with federal regulations.
- Boston University employees are not eligible for GRS financial aid.
Contact us with any questions that you may have regarding the financial aid process. We are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.