Please note that this chart only includes typical students offered admission who applied for need-based financial assistance by our published deadlines. Students who received merit-only awards are not shown. This chart illustrates the range of awards in the middle group of each category. It cannot be used to predict a specific award amount for an individual.
Boston University makes every effort to assist students with calculated financial eligibility and high academic achievement, measured against the credentials of other admitted students. However, BU does not have sufficient funds to offer need-based scholarship aid to every admitted student who has financial eligibility.
Your academic record is an important factor in determining your eligibility for Boston University scholarships. Key indicators such as high school grade point average (GPA), rank in class, and standardized test scores are considered, as well as the strength of your academic program and your extracurricular activities.
If your credentials place you at or above this profile, your chances of receiving Boston University scholarship funds are likely to be very good, particularly if you have calculated financial eligibility. If you place below this level, your chances of receiving University scholarships, or of having your financial eligibility fully met with these awards, are reduced.
The chart above illustrates key characteristics of freshmen who applied for BU need-based scholarship aid. Although the chart refers to income ranges, please keep in mind that non-custodial parent income is not reflected in this data and that income is only one of many factors used to determine family financial strength and eligibility. Assets, cash flow, household size, number of children in college, and many other considerations are often equally important determinants.
Other factors that may influence the awarding of University scholarships include the school/college of admission, geography, ethnicity, artistic or athletic talent, and alumni affiliation. These factors help us fulfill our commitment to equal opportunity and excellence.
High Achievers with Low Calculated Need
Boston University has scholarships available for higher-income families such as the Dean’s Scholarship, which is offered to academically talented candidates who apply for need-based aid, show minimal or no calculated financial eligibility, but have calculated family contributions that do not substantially exceed the cost of attendance at Boston University.