COM scholarship awards are merit-based on academic promise and the availability of funds. The majority of COM scholarship is awarded during the admission process. All full-time students who apply for admission are automatically considered for COM merit-based scholarships. A separate application for COM scholarship is not needed. Individual departmental and faculty requirements determine graduate assistantships.

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.

Eligibility for some types of assistance is determined by documented financial need. For current interest rates and loan fees, please visit the US Department of Education website. 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)

  • Complete 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 at before applying for any federal loans.

Summer Loans

  • Complete 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 within the academic year.
  • Private loan applications (including the Federal PLUS loan application) will become available in July. We will contact students to let them know when it is appropriate to apply for these particular loans.