From the beginning, keeping BU affordable for all qualified students has been an overriding priority.

Why? Because inclusiveness is a central value of our University.

A diverse student body, fully reflective of the vibrant and challenging world around us, is one of our great strengths—and one of our great traditions. But it gets harder every year to preserve that tradition.

While BU is becoming ever more competitive (64,470 students applied for 3,300 spots in the Class of 2022), almost half of the young people who gain admission to BU can’t afford it without assistance. We offer aid packages that are as generous as we can make them. Still, the average undergraduate borrower leaves BU with a debt load of more than $30,000.

Now, more than ever, we need to take decisive action to ensure that every deserving student is able to afford BU.

There are many ways to provide opportunity for students at BU:

  • Participate in the Century Challenge—for some endowed scholarships, BU will match the good done in your name for 100 years
  • Endow a scholarship, fellowship, or prize
  • Designate your annual gift to scholarship, or to your favorite school or college—they’ll use it for emergency financial aid, conference fees and travel stipends, and more

“It is such a privilege for me to be able to attend my dream school: exactly the major I want, in a beautiful city, with incredible opportunities for internships and career development (to name a few). If I had not received this scholarship, I would have had to stay in state or go to a much smaller school. I am so lucky that I didn’t have to compromise on anything I wanted when picking a school because of the merit aid I was awarded.” Alexis Jucht (COM’22)