Graduate Financial Aid

Various forms of financial aid are available to support your studies at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. 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.

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 only by special permission from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. It may not be used for courses taken as audits, or for no credit, or for courses withdrawn with a “W” grade. It may not be used for the Sports Pass, subway/bus passes, library fines or late fees. 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.

Tuition and Mandatory Fees for 2014/15

Full-Time Students (12—18 credits per semester)



Student Services Fee

$151 per semester (Full-time and certified full-time)

Health & Wellness Fee

$167 per semester (Full-time and certified full-time)
Part-Time Students (1/2 to 11 1/2 credits per semester)


$1,428 per credit

Student Services Fee

$60 per semester

GRS Cost of Attendance 2014/15



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 2013-2014 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 student who receives scholarship aid and who 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. Graduate School policy states that University aid will not cover the cost of a course dropped with a W grade.