Graduate Information

Making an investment in your graduate education is a wise decision, but we understand that navigating the financial aid process can be challenging. The financial aid office in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) is here as a resource and strives to provide you with all of the information you need.

Various forms of financial aid are available to support your studies at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS). All newly admitted PhD students will receive a full fellowship offer, and all newly admitted MFA students in Creative Writing and Playwriting will receive a full tuition scholarship and a stipend. Review detailed information about the fellowship and scholarship awards and the policies and privileges associated with each specific program by clicking on the links to the right.

Financial Aid may not exceed your total Cost of Attendance. When estimating the total cost of attendance at GRS, you will need to consider BU medical insurance and living expenses such as housing, transportation, etc.

Below you will find relevant information about fellowships, scholarships, and loan options for our Ph.D. and MFA programs:

Information about Ph.D. Fellowship Aid

Information about MFA Fellowship Aid

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions that you may have regarding the financial aid process. Please include your BU ID when contacting our office.  We are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

GRS Financial Aid Policies

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for all GRS students eligible for financial aid is as follows:

  • Our policy is that financial aid awarded by Boston University may only be used for courses required by the degree program. It may be used for courses taken as co-requisites or prerequisites by special permission from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS). It cannot be used for Physical Education (PDP) classes, the Sports Pass, subway/bus passes, library fines or late fees. PhD students may audit one course per semester during the academic year without incurring additional tuition costs.
  • Boston University’s policy is to withhold all diplomas, degrees, official transcripts, and other official recognition of work done at the University from students with respect to whom there are any outstanding overdue debts to the University, including, but not limited to amounts owed in satisfaction of tuition, loan agreements, fees, and charges, as well as monies owed for occupancy in University-owned or -operated residences and for dining service. No student may withdraw from the University in good standing or graduate from the University unless all current obligations to the University are paid in full.
  • The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences follows a uniform refund policy for all institutional aid. A PhD or MFA student who receives scholarship aid and withdraws or takes a leave of absence after the beginning of classes will retain the scholarship aid. This includes but is not limited to Teaching Fellowships, Research Assistantships, and Graduate Scholarships. Federal financial aid is adjusted in accordance with federal regulations.
  • Boston University employees are not eligible for GRS financial aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy