Refunds


NOTE: Undergraduate student accounts will be credited by April 15, 2020, with unused portions of on campus room and board charges.  Refund requests may be made at that time for those students who are graduating, or for continuing students who wish to receive a refund.  Students will be eligible for a refund only to the extent that their overall student account is settled and results in a credit balance.  

Refund Requests

If you have a valid credit balance on your student account, you may request your refund on the Student Link  by selecting “Money Matters,” “Student Account Inquiry,” then “Request a Refund.”

Student Accounting Services will review your refund request and determine your eligibility for a refund. Approved refunds will be deposited into the bank account you provide within 7-11 business days. You will receive an email notification once your refund is approved.

Refunds are processed according to the method of payment received by Boston University:

  • Electronic or paper check payments require a 10 day waiting period before being refunded as a check or direct deposit.
  • Credit card payments are credited back to the credit card that was used for payment.
  • If your balance was paid through either Flywire or Western Union Business Solutions, the refund will be sent back to the original account from which the funds were transferred.
  • If it is determined that your refund must be made co-payable to an outside sponsor, lender or other third party, your refund will be processed as a check to the agency.

Financial Aid Recipients:

In certain cases, your refund request will be forwarded to BU Financial Assistance or to your Graduate Aid Office for their approval.

If the credit on a student account is the result of pending financial aid items, it means that Boston University has not received the funds. Students with pending financial aid may not have a refund issued until the awards have posted to your student account.

Federal (Title IV) Refunds

Federal Title IV funds may include:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant(SEOG)
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Federal TEACH Grant
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans.

In compliance with federal regulations, automatic refunds will be processed for all Federal Financial Aid recipients whose total federal funds exceed allowable semester expenses, unless the student or parent borrower (for PLUS loans) authorizes the University to retain the funds to cover other expenses. Allowable expenses include, and are limited to, tuition, fees, and contract room and board.

Title IV refunds will be issued in one of the following ways:

  • Electronically to the bank stored on your Student Choice Refund (SCR) profile.
  • If you have not created an SCR profile, the Title IV refund will be issued as a check, and mailed to your local address.
  • If PLUS loan funds comprise all or part of the Title IV refund, parents may authorize the student to receive the funds. If the parent has not authorized the student to receive the funds, the Title IV refund will be issued as a check made co-payable to the PLUS loan borrower, and sent to the borrower’s address.

Since federal regulations prohibit the University from using excess federal funds for non-allowable charges (including medical insurance, late fees, Convenience Points, library fines, and prior balances) a federal refund may result in an outstanding balance. Students and parent borrowers (for PLUS loans) can prevent this by completing a Federal Financial Aid Credit Authorization Form and submitting it to Student Accounting Services. Students can file a Federal Financial Aid Credit Authorization on the Student Link, download the Federal Financial Aid Credit Authorization form, or request to have one mailed by calling Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2264.

Electronic Refund Information

Boston University has partnered with Nelnet Campus Commerce as an electronic (ACH) refund provider.  Nelnet’s Student Choice Refunds (SCR) product allows students to store their checking or savings account for ACH refunds.

To create your SCR profile, visit the Student Link and select “Money Matters,” then “Manage my Student Choice Refund Account.”  You will then be in Nelnet’s QuikPAY environment.  Select “Manage my Student Choice Refund Account” to continue into Nelnet’s SCR portal.  If you are accessing the portal for the first time, you will be immediately displayed the SCR enrollment screen.  On the first page, you may choose to add a secondary email address, to which all SCR related emails will be sent.  Then, on the next page you will enter your bank account information.  This information will be used for all future electronic refund requests.  After initially storing your bank account details, you may visit the “Manage my Student Choice Refund” link at any time to edit the information.