Summer Research Status Registration
GRS PhD & MFA students not registering for summer courses but engaged during the summer in full-time research as an essential component of their graduate degree programs are eligible for PhD & MFA Summer Registration. Students working more than 20 hours per week are not eligible for full-time status. Full-time research status eligibility can be met one of two ways:
- any PhD or MFA student who receives a minimum stipend of $4,000 during the summer term of May – August
- any PhD or MFA student who is working on independent work pertinent to the completion of their degree requirements (please briefly describe this work on the registration form)
Students who are eligible should complete the PhD & MFA Summer Registration Form.
This registration is a no-cost mechanism whereby graduate students who are engaged in academic research during the summer can be appropriately registered as students for purposes of loan eligibility, loan deferment, and tax considerations (FICA rebate). This registration will not generate a tuition charge. Forms should be submitted by Monday, April 12th.
Certain courses taken during the Summer Term at Boston University may be credited toward the MFA and PhD degrees if prior approval is obtained from the candidate’s department/program. Students can take up to two courses for a total of 8-10 credits during each six-week summer session.
Students registering for standard summer term courses should follow the instructions detailed on the Summer Term website.
Students enrolled in coursework during the summer have two enrollment options to meet eligibility for a FICA rebate:
- students must enroll for a minimum of 6 credits over both Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms, details found here.
- students can request certified full-time registration via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing the independent work pertinent to the completion of their degree requirements being completed during the summer months.
Payment/Settlement of Student Accounts
Details regarding the summer session bill should be available on the StudentLink as soon as the student is registered. Students will receive a confirmation email regarding their e-bill upon registration. Students who have been awarded a fellowship or scholarship will see their scholarship award appear on their student accounts, which can be viewed via the StudentLink. If the scholarship is not accurately reflected, please contact the GRS Financial Aid Office.
For Summer 1, students must meet the payment deadline of Monday, May 24th to avoid late fees.
For Summer 2, students must meet the payment deadline of Tuesday, July 6th to avoid late fees.