All you have to do is apply for financial aid.

Because you deserve to attend BU, regardless of your family’s means. affordableBU is a commitment we make to you when you complete the financial aid process.

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How can I apply?

Students must complete and submit the CSS Profile™ and FAFSA by the deadlines below. Eligibility for BU need-based scholarship aid is established and confirmed in the first year when you file the CSS Profile and the FAFSA. After the first year, the Profile is not required.



Early Decision Application & CSS Profile Deadline



Early Decision and Early Decision 2 FAFSA Deadline



Early Decision 2 and regular Decision Application; Early Decision 2 CSS Profile Deadline



Regular Decision CSS Profile and FAFSA Deadline

Who is eligible for affordableBU?

US citizens and permanent residents

Incoming first-year students

What’s your full demonstrated need?




Frequently Asked Questions

What does BU mean by “affordable” and “will meet my need”?

BU is affordable because what you pay will depend on what you can afford. Meeting your need means that the gap between the cost of BU and what your family can be expected to contribute, based on your demonstrated financial need, will be covered through some combination of scholarships, grants, low-interest government student loans, and Work-Study. This can greatly reduce or in many cases eliminate your need to take out supplementary private loans. Additionally, if tuition increases, your Boston University need-based scholarship will increase at the same percentage as the increase in tuition.

What is demonstrated financial need?

Demonstrated need is the cost of attending BU minus your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is calculated from information you submitted on the FAFSA and the CSS Profile forms. You can calculate your estimated need with this calculator, but keep in mind it is only an estimate. To determine your actual need, you must complete both your FAFSA and CSS Profile. Your financial aid will be equal to the calculation of your need and may be comprised of need-based scholarships, grants, government student loans, and/or Work-Study.

What is included in the “cost of attendance”?

For financial aid purposes, the cost of BU is the yearly expected total of tuition, room and board, local transportation, books, supplies, and personal expenses.

How do I know if I qualify for financial aid based on my family’s situation?

You must file the FAFSA and CSS Profile to officially determine whether you qualify for financial aid. However, for planning purposes, we also have an online tool to help you and your family estimate the amount of financial aid you could be offered and the net amount you may be expected to pay toward the cost of attending BU. For more information, visit the MyinTuition: Quick College Cost Estimator or the Net Price calculator.

If I do not qualify for financial aid, does BU still offer merit scholarships based on my grades or other factors?

BU offers merit-based scholarships for academics, athletics, arts, and leadership. Merit-based scholarships have varied requirements and submission guidelines that must be followed in order to qualify. Please review our Merit Scholarships for First-Year Students page for information about specific merit scholarships, requirements, and deadlines.

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