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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Graduate Financial Aid

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.

In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.   The GRS minimum standard for Satisfactory Academic Progress  is:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have no more than two failing grades
  • PhD students must pass qualifying exams and other milestones on the schedule specified by the program

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 corequisites or prerequisites by special permission from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. 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. For PhD students, tuition for an audited course will be covered by scholarship if the course is approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. This course must be related to the dissertation research, or be considered as background or preparation for the dissertation research or topic. 900-level courses may not be audited.  Language, physical education, studio courses, and courses with laboratories may not be audited.  Boston University employees are not eligible for GRS financial aid.

Financial Aid may not exceed the cost of required tuition, fees and living expenses (see cost of attendance below).

Please refer to specific sections in the sidebar menu for detailed information and application procedures for different types of financial aid.

Full-Time Students

Tuition (12-18 credits per semester)

$25,490 per semester

Continuing Study Status (certified full-time; zero credits)

$3,186 per semester

Student Services Fee

$162 per semester (Full-time and certified full-time)

Health & Wellness Fee

$206 per semester (Full-time and certified full-time)
Part-Time Students (less than 12 credits per semester)


$1,593 per credit

Continuing Study Status (part-time; zero credits)

$3,186 per semester

Student Services Fee

$60 per semester



Student Services Fee


Health & Wellness Fee


Room & Board






Books & Supplies


DL Fee*




(Based on 9 months: September–May)

*An average of the origination fees for the Direct Stafford Loan that applies to all students regardless of whether the loan is borrowed.
Note: Medical insurance plan costs are not included above. Cost and plan details for the 2017-2018 Basic and Plus medical insurance plans can be found at Student Accounting Services.

When estimating the total cost of attendance at GRS, you will need to consider BU medical insurance and living expenses such as housing, transport, etc.

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.  A PhD student will retain the scholarship aid.  This includes but is not limited to Dean’s Fellowships, Teaching Fellowships, Research Assistantships, and Graduate Scholarships.  Federal financial aid is adjusted in accordance with federal regulations.