For current interest rates and loan fees, please visit the US Department of Education site. Scholarship awards are merit-based on academic promise and the availability of funds. Eligibility for some types of assistance is determined by documented financial need. Individual departmental and faculty requirements determine graduate assistantships. The majority of scholarship is awarded during the admission process. A separate application for financial aid is not needed.

Available funds do not allow us to provide assistance to all graduate students; however, most receive partial support and avail themselves of the various loan programs to further finance their education. The University and the College of Communication assume that all students will contribute financially to their graduate education.

In order to be considered for any federal aid (including Work-Study and loans) you must submit a Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply online at

Federal Stafford Loan

(Fall and/or Spring)

Download the Stafford Loan Processing Form. Please email this form to, or mail to: COM Graduate Affairs, 640 Commonwealth Ave, Room 130, Boston, MA 02215.

Make sure you fill out the FAFSA as well at if applying for any federal loans. Private loan applications (including the Federal PLUS loan application) will be available in July. We will contact students to let them know when it is appropriate to apply for these particular loans.

Summer Loans

Download the Summer Stafford Loan Fact Sheet and Application. Please note that students must turn this form into COM Graduate Affairs, Room 130 after they register for summer classes. Students must register for at least 6 academic credits over the course of the summer in order to be eligible. Summer borrowing may impact the amount of Stafford Loan you are eligible for in future semesters.

The Federal Grad PLUS Loan  Application is also available for the summer. We encourage you to apply for the Summer Stafford BEFORE the PLUS.