SAEF The Student Academic Enhancement Fund is designed to support undergraduate CAS students in the pursuit of academic interests, endeavors, and achievements.

Fund Guidelines:

  • Individual students are eligible for funding once per BU career
  • Student groups are eligible for funding once per academic year
  • Average funding awards range from $400-$600
  • Requests should be submitted at least four weeks in advance

Common uses of funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel and registration fees for academic conferences (we will only consider if the applicant is presenting at the conference or playing a leadership role in the conference)
  • Materials for academically related presentations, projects or programs

Funds may not be requested/used for:

  • Participation in for-profit volunteer experiences
  • Participation in study abroad programs
  • Events that are more appropriately funded through Honors Research or UROP (students may apply for a combination of funds to achieve full funding)

Notes for travel requests:

  • International group travel requires a graduate or professional chaperone
  • BU does not encourage using personal vehicles for any student organization business or activity. If you do use a personal vehicle in such an instance, the vehicle owner’s insurance must provide coverage in the event of an accident.
  • The primary driver must be 21 or older
  • Individual or group international travel requires registration with BU Global Programs

Each request is evaluated by a team of Student Academic Life professionals in the College on a rolling basis. Please be sure to allow ample time between your funding request submission and the date on which you will need the funding. Funding requests submitted too close to the date of an event, conference, etc., are not guaranteed to be reviewed.

If your request is approved, the College will require the submission of a written description of:

1) How the funds were used  2) The benefits derived by use of the funds, as well as photos, when applicable. (Submission is required within two weeks of the event)

This application process is for undergraduate CAS students only. Faculty may make course-related submissions to the CAS Academic Enhancement Fund hereQuestions should be directed to Katlyn Salvador via email:

Apply here for Fall 2018 funding