Financial Assistance

Welcome! Wheelock Graduate Financial Assistance provides information and assistance to applicants, admitted students, and continuing students. We are here to help you navigate all the aspects of the financial aid process. We know that you have questions, and some of your questions may be answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page or on one of our additional pages. If you have not found an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.

It’s wise to explore a variety of resources to help finance your education. Besides loans and other external sources of funding, you may qualify for BU scholarships, assistantships, or employment.


To be eligible for financial assistance, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.
  • Maintain the enrollment status (full- or part-time) required by your type of assistance.

It is important to note that a student’s financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. To calculate your cost of attendance, please refer to the costs & tuition section of our website.

Types of assistance

Scholarships and Fellowships

A great place to start looking for financial assistance is to view our comprehensive overview of the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development Scholarships and Fellowships that are available at the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. At the bottom of the page, we also provide a list of external scholarship websites and resources that have been successful for our students in the past.

Federal Financial Assistance

Federal student aid includes grants, loans, and work-study. In order to be eligible for federal financial aid you must:

  • Complete and sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress at Wheelock.

To learn more about the types of federal financial assistance available to Wheelock students please visit the Grants, Loans, & Work-Study Section of our website.

Students will not receive an award letter with the amount of loan the applicant is eligible for, as graduate federal loans are not need-based. If an individual is admitted and chooses to attend, our Financial Aid office will reach out with more detailed information on requesting a loan.

Private Education Loans

Students can also apply for private, credit-based loans to cover all or a portion of their cost-of-attendance. Comparing the various loans can seem overwhelming, therefore the University has created a list of private loans to help you get started in your information gathering. You are not required to borrow from one of the lenders listed on the website. You may choose to borrow from any lender without penalty.

Payment Plans

Boston University offers payment plans for students enrolled full-time and students enrolled part-time. Payment Plans allow students to budget charged expenses monthly by spreading the payments over time. Because it is not a loan and no interest is charged, the total cost is significantly lower than you would incur with a loan.

Students can combine a payment plan with all of the other types of financial aid.

For more detailed information about the plan and how to apply, please refer to this page.


Visit the Open Graduate Positions and the Outside Opportunities pages if you are looking for an assistantship, job, or volunteer position.


We know that financial aid information is important and can be confusing, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have after you review the basic information contained in these pages. To schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid representative, please call 617-353-3177 or email us at